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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: , , |

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: Why the silence on mining oversight?

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.

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

Communities oppose Canadian gold mine in Argentina

The El Algarrobo Assembly in Argentina seeks our solidarity in its struggle to block the development of Agua Rica, a Canadian mine. In February, the inhabitants of Andalgalá set up camp outside the Supreme Court of Argentina in Buenos Aires, where they remain despite record-breaking temperatures. They demand that the court respond to a petition they filed three years ago to halt the Agua Rica project of Canadian company Yamana Gold.

29 February 2016|Categories: Other News|Tags: , |