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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: , |

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: , , |

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Karyn Keenan, Director

 

Karyn is a lawyer with more than a dozen years of experience working with social justice NGOs in Canada and abroad. She provides leadership on policy and law reform work aimed at enhancing government and corporate accountability mechanisms in Canada.

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