Learn more about current issues and developments related to corporate accountability and human rights with these letters, publications and other materials from Above Ground and our partner organizations.
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.
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.
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.
This joint letter, signed by eighty organizations from Canada, the US, Europe and Guatemala, expresses solidarity with Angélica Choc and all others being attacked, threatened, killed or persecuted in Latin America for defending their land and communities.