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.
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.
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.
The Hill Times recently published two letters from Above Ground about federal government policy on extractive companies working abroad—a topic that’s seen revived media coverage in the past two months.
Letter from Karyn Keenan, published Wednesday, May 4 in The Hill Times Re: “Feds show little interest in tougher oversight of mining firms’ actions abroad,” (The Hill Times, April 20, p. 1). In March the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights slammed Canada on its failure to ensure that its mining, oil, and gas companies respect human rights in their work abroad.
Above Ground has joined fifty Canadian organizations in calling on the Canadian government to put pressure on Honduran authorities and review Canadian foreign policy, after another member of Berta Cáceres’ organization was murdered in Honduras this week.