7 February 2019

Two members of a quilombola community near the Morro do Ouro mine.

Two members of a quilombola community near the Morro do Ouro mine in Brazil

Mining, oil and gas projects around the world frequently cause harm to nearby indigenous communities and other racial minorities. In this submission to the UN special rapporteur on racial discrimination, we cite examples of such harms associated with the operations of Canadian multinationals, including companies financed by the Canadian government. We urge the special rapporteur, who is preparing a report on resource extraction and racial discrimination, to examine the role that extractive companies’ home states can play in facilitating activity that violates the rights of ethnic minorities.

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