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.
The Hill Times recently published two letters from Above Ground about federal government policy on extractive companies working abroad—a topic that’s seen revived media coverage in the past two months.
Above Ground has joined fifty Canadian organizations in calling on the Canadian government to put pressure on Honduran authorities and review Canadian foreign policy, after another member of Berta Cáceres’ organization was murdered in Honduras this week.
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.
On 10 December 2015, Above Ground met in Toronto with Canadian and international litigators. The meeting sought to advance collective analysis on transnational civil litigation involving corporate defendants. Participants discussed recent legal developments in Canada and other jurisdictions. The outcomes of the meeting will inform Above Ground’s ongoing Access to Justice work.
Several corporations financed by Export Development Canada are currently being investigated for corruption by U.S. government authorities. In correspondence with EDC, we seek clarity on how this public agency prevents corrupt practices and what steps it takes when clients are investigated for corruption. This letter responds to correspondence received from EDC.