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17 Dec 2018

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Development and Peace

Over 200 organizations from 56 countries ask, “Where is Canada’s Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise?”

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Today, on International Human Rights Day, over 200 organizations from 56 countries around the world have sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau asking, “Where is Canada’s Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise?” The Canadian government announced the creation of this office in January 2018, but has yet to appoint anyone to the position... “Canadians across the country, including thousands of our members, worked for over a decade to convince the Canadian government that a voice for justice for communities affected by Canadian mining companies was needed” said Serge Langlois, Executive Director of Development and Peace.  “An independent and effective Ombudsperson should be put in place urgently to ensure that Canadian companies are accountable to the people who have been harmed.”... The Canadian Ombudsperson will be empowered to independently investigate alleged human rights abuses arising from a Canadian company’s operations abroad, and to recommend sanctions, including the withdrawal of government services, such as trade advocacy and Export Development Canada support.

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