Open for Justice
Canada needs to be "Open for Justice" and not just "Open for Business"
Human rights abuses at Canadian-owned mining and oil and gas sites around the world are widespread and well documented. Victims of such abuse have nowhere to turn to seek justice. To fix this problem, Amnesty International urges Canada to be “Open for Justice”.
The Canadian Government is expected announce the creation of an Ombudsperson for the Extractive Sector soon. This is exciting news as Amnesty has long been advocating for an Ombudsperson to help people harmed by Canadian companies overseas. We have serious concerns though that the Government’s plan for an ombudsperson might be inadequate in certain crucial respects. You can help by taking action below.
4 ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
1. WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT (A personalized letter is worth its weight in gold)
2. TWEET TO CANADA'S NEW MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Help us convince Minister Champagne that it's time to make Canada Open for Justice by creating an Ombudsperson.
Yes we need an extractives ombudsperson! But it must be independent, transparent & protect #humanrights @fpcchampagne #open4justice
3. MEET YOUR MP
Phone, or arrange to meet with your MP to discuss this important issue. Tips for meeting with your MP and campaign talking points are provided below under the heading "Resources". Don't delay - call to schedule your MP meeting right away.
4. FOLLOW AMNESTY - BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS - ON SOCIAL MEDIA or JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST
- NEW: TAKE ACTION SHEET Take action (and encourage others to do the same) using this one-pager.
- OMBUDSPERSON INFOGRAPHIC A helpful visual that outlines the key aspects of our ombudsperson proposal.
- ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS A one-pager on the essential elements of an ombudsperson office.
- MODEL LEGISLATION Here is our detailed model legislation for the creation of an extractive sector ombudsperson.
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF MODEL LEGISLATION You don't need to be a lawyer to read this.
- TALK IS NOT ENOUGH Why Canada needs an extractive sector ombudsperson (includes a chart comparing the Ombudsperson to Canada's CSR Counsellor and the OECD NCP).
- BOOK: INJUSTICE INCORPORATED In March 2014 Amnesty International published a book on Access to Remedy.
- FLYER If you wish to promote the Open for Justice campaign at your event, please use our one-page flyer.
- YOUTH ACTION Encourage your child(ren) or students to take part in our Open for Justice campaign by participating in this "Lifesaver" action.
- CNCA BRIEFING NOTE Why Canada needs BOTH an extractive sector ombudsperson AND legislated access to Canadian courts.
- CAMPAIGN BACKGROUNDER
- QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Do you have questions about the Open for Justice campaign? See our Q&A sheet for common questions and answers.
- MP LOBBYING KIT We encourage you to phone or visit your MP to seek their support for this important issue. Here are some resources to help you prepare for your MP meeting:
Written and Directed by Timo Schmidt.
This short film explores the relationship between indigenous rights and mining operations around the world.
Government fails to create an extractive-sector Ombudsman, despite broad public support (CNCA press release). November 14, 2014.
Police set hundreds of homes ablaze near Porgera gold mine. June 10, 2014.
Dow shields shareholders from toxic truth in Bhopal. May 14, 2014.
OP ED/OPEN LETTERS:
Corporations have rights. Now we need a global treaty on their responsibilities. By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary General. January 21, 2015.
Time to counter human rights abuses by Canadian mining companies. Toronto Star (online edition). May 8, 2014.
Win a Prize for getting your MP's support! April 14, 2014.
SUBMISSIONS: CNCA submission to the Canadian Government's CSR strategy review. Jan 8, 2014
GET INVOLVED: Stage a performance of The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich. June 11, 2014.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Open for Justice is a joint campaign organized by the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) and its 30 member organizations, including Amnesty International.