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Precedent-setting decision grants foreign plaintiffs their day in court

A lawsuit filed against Canadian company Nevsun Resources is set to proceed in Canadian courts. The case involves allegations that the company used slave labour at its mine in Eritrea. In a ruling released today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia rejected Nevsun’s argument that Eritrean courts would be a more appropriate forum for the claim.

6 October 2016|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , |

EDC support to oil companies accused of abuses in Colombia questioned

Above Ground, together with international and Colombian human rights groups, is questioning Export Development Canada (EDC) over its financing of two oil companies associated with serious human rights violations in Colombia's strife-ridden Rubiales and Quifa oilfields.

23 September 2016|Categories: Other News, Letters|Tags: , , , |

Coming soon in Europe: laws requiring corporate due diligence on human rights?

We’re following with interest several legislative initiatives in Europe that, if successful, would create enforceable legal requirements for companies to prevent their worldwide business activities—and those of their subsidiaries and contractors—from fuelling human rights abuse.

7 July 2016|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , |

Letter to the editor: Mining ombudsman needed

Letter from Karyn Keenan, published May 11 in The Hill Times Re: “Let courts, mediators decide on mining disputes abroad: Lobby group,” (The Hill Times, April 27, p. 1). It comes as a surprise to read that the president of Canada’s mining association is unclear on what role an ombudsman could play in the oversight of extractive companies’ impacts abroad.

11 May 2016|Categories: Letters|Tags: , |