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8 Apr 2019

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada calls for new ombudsperson to have power to act independently & compel testimony

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"Canadian government reneges on promise to create independent corporate human rights watchdog," 8 April 2019

Canada needs an ombudsperson to help prevent Canadian complicity in corporate abuse and help ensure Canadian mining and garment supply chains respect human rights.  “The new ombudsperson, Sheri Meyerhoffer, will lack the power to act independently as the budget of her office will be directly provided by the Minister of Trade Diversification and will be accountable to the minister,"... says Elana Wright, Advocacy Officer for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada.

"It is imperative that the government puts people before profits and at the end of the five-week consultation period, that the new ombudsperson has the tools to perform independent investigations,” adds Ms. Wright. Development and Peace has been campaigning for an independent ombudsperson for the last ten years on behalf of communities in the Global South suffering from human rights abuses by Canadian mining companies and its members have collected over half million signatures in support of this mechanism for strengthening corporate social responsibility.