Commentary: Canada must take legislative measures to tackle impact of extractive industries on human rights abroad

Author: Francisco Javier Zamora Cabot, Papeles el tiempo de los derechos, N 17 (Spain), Published on: 15 February 2017

"Las industrias extractivas canadienses y su impacto sobre los derechos humanos: esperando a Trudeau", 2016

All along this Note we highlight the impact of the extractive Canadian industries on Human Rights, as far as their activities abroad are concerned.  It is recalled, for instance, the initiative C-300 and different notorious cases, such as the Massacre of Kilva, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), or Anvil Mining in Sudan, and recent international reports analyzing the problem in detail.  Counting on that, the Note urges Premier Trudeau to take legislative initiatives in order to put the above mentioned companies under control, preferably with mandatory and extraterritorial rules.  In this way we tune with the growing global awareness over the need concerning the referred control, echoed by the Canadian Courts as well, for example, in the cases Choc and Nevsun.

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Related companies: Anvil Mining (part of China Minmetals) Hudbay Minerals Nevsun Tahoe Resources (part of Pan American Silver) Talisman