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    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 often 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.

     

    5 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.

    Sample tweet: 

    Yes we need an extractives ombudsperson! But it must be independent, transparent & protect #humanrights @FP_Champagne #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".  

    4. ORDER POSTCARDS 

    Order a small stack of Open for Justice postcards and ask your friends and/or people in your community to sign them.

    Return them to us and we will deliver them to Canada's Minister of International Trade.

    To order your postcards, email bhr@amnesty.ca

    5. FOLLOW AMNESTY - BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS - ON SOCIAL MEDIA and JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST

                           

     

     

     

     

     

    RESOURCES

    1. LETTER TEMPLATE FOR MPs Write a letter to your MP using this letter template.
    2. TAKE ACTION SHEET Help make Canada Open for Justice using this one-page action sheet.
    3. MP CONTACT INFORMATION Find your MP's phone number, email address and mailing address here.
    4. OMBUDSPERSON INFOGRAPHIC A helpful visual that outlines the key aspects of our ombudsperson proposal.
    5. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS A one-pager on the essential elements of an ombudsperson office.
    6. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF MODEL LEGISLATION You don't need to be a lawyer to read this.
    7. MODEL LEGISLATION Here is our detailed model legislation for the creation of an extractive sector ombudsperson.
    8. 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).
    9. INJUSTICE INCORPORATED Download Amnesty International's book on Access to Remedy (2014).
    10. FLYER If you wish to promote the Open for Justice campaign at your event, please use our one-page flyer.
    11. YOUTH ACTION Encourage your child(ren) or students to take part in our Open for Justice campaign by participating in this "Lifesaver" action.
    12. CNCA BRIEFING NOTE Why Canada needs BOTH an extractive sector ombudsperson AND legislated access to Canadian courts.
    13. CAMPAIGN BACKGROUNDER
    14. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Do you have questions about the Open for Justice campaign? See our Q&A sheet for common questions and answers.
    15. 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:

    VIDEOS

    Video: Mi Tierra es mi Lucha:

    Written and Directed by Timo Schmidt.

    This short film explores the relationship between indigenous rights and mining operations around the world.

     

     

     

    Produced by Stephen Hunt. This short film explores the impact that Canadian transnational companies have on local communities as well as Canadian identity.
     
     
     
     
     

     

                      

    LATEST NEWS

     

    PRESS RELEASES: 

    UN tells Canada its time for action on Business and Human Rights. June 5, 2017.

    Federal Budget does not mention Human Rights Ombudsperson. March 22, 2017.

    New law would create Human Rights Ombudsperson to investigate violations associated with Canadian mining, oil and gas operations overseas. Nov 2, 2016.

    Support for an International Treaty on Business and Human Rights. June 18, 2015.

    Government fails to create an extractive-sector Ombudsman, despite broad public support (CNCA press release). November 14, 2014.

    Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources faces lawsuit over violence at Guatemala mine. June 18, 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.

    Who does the law protect? New book by Amnesty International calls for radical change to ensure corporate accountability and the right to an effective remedy March 7, 2014

    Canada must be “Open for Justice” - organizations call for action for overseas victims of Canadian companies October 22, 2013

     

    BLOGS

    Win a Prize for getting your MP's support! April 14, 2014.

    Financial power: Behind the lack of remedy for corporations’ human rights abuses April 9, 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.

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    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.