by Alex Neve,
Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
The stories mount, stories of human rights abuse and injustice: ‘mining activists shot’, ‘mine operations suspended’, ‘company accused of water pollution.’ Far too often a Canadian mining company is behind the story. Canadian mining companies lead the mining world; but none aspire to lead the world in mining-related human rights abuses.
There is a common theme to all the cases: lack of an effective remedy open to the individuals and communities who suffer human rights harms associated with Canadian mining operations.
Victims have nowhere to turn for justice. Not in their home country; neither in Canada.