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Submission to the Senate on the state-business nexus and the export of dual-use digital technologies

In this submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, we draw attention to support provided by Export Development Canada for the sale of Internet filtering technology to the government of Bahrain, a country criticized internationally for widespread censorship and human rights abuse.

Calling for public registry to shed light on ownership of companies and trusts

In this letter, Above Ground joins more than 20 organizations in calling on the Canadian government to establish a public registry of the beneficial owners of companies and trusts. By taking this action, Canada will show national and global leadership in efforts to curtail the use of anonymous companies to hide tax evasion, money laundering, fraud and business activities that undermine basic human rights.

9 December 2016|Categories: Letters|Tags: , |

New mechanisms needed to prevent and remedy harm by multinational companies

A government process established in 2000 to advance responsible multinational business conduct is failing to prevent or remedy human rights abuse by Canadian companies operating overseas, according to a report released today by Above Ground, MiningWatch Canada and OECD Watch.

15 November 2016|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , |

“Canada is Back.” But Still Far Behind

Since 2000, Canada has maintained a National Contact Point (NCP) responsible for promoting multinational companies’ adherence to guidelines for responsible business conduct developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This report assesses the NCP’s performance to date, particularly with regard to harm prevention and access to remedy.

15 November 2016|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |