In this submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Above Ground and fellow members of ECA Watch encourage the committee to remind states of their duties relating to export credit agencies and human rights.
In this letter, Above Ground urges the Ecuadorian government to respect the rights of the Shuar indigenous nation, which opposes mining activity linked to Canadian-registered companies in its territory. We also express our solidarity with NGO Acción Ecológica, a long-time ally of the Shuar people.
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.