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Open for Justice


    Let's ensure Canada is "Open for Justice" and not just "Open for Business"!

    All over the world, there are people who suffer human rights abuses resulting from corporate activity.  In many countries though, it is extremely difficult for people to obtain justice when their rights have been violated. This is particularly true when the harms are caused by foreign companies or their subsidiaries.

    In the few cases where people from other countries have come to Canada to seek justice for human rights violations involving Canadian corporations, they have not succeeded. This is because the existing mechanisms available in Canada to address corporate human rights violations overseas are inaccessible and ineffective.

    To fix this problem, Amnesty International Canada is demanding that Canada be “Open for Justice”.

    Please take action by phoning or visiting your MP. See our Resources section for our MP lobbying kit, including talking points, questions and answers, and other helpful tips for meeting with your MP. Contact us at before you go to your MP meeting so that we can notify you of any updates.





    Ask your MP to commit to ensuring that people whose human rights have been abused by Canadian mining, oil and gas companies abroad are able to seek justice in Canada.






    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.






    1. CAMPAIGN BACKGROUNDER For more information about the Open for Justice campaign, read our backgrounder.
    2. BOOK: INJUSTICE INCORPORATED In March 2014 Amnesty International published a book about Access to Remedy.
    3. FLYER If you wish to promote the Open for Justice campaign at your event, please use our one-page flyer.
    4. YOUTH ACTION Encourage your child(ren) or students to take part in our Open for Justice campaign by participating in this "Lifesaver" action.
    5. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Do you have questions about the Open for Justice campaign? See our Q&A sheet for common questions and answers.
    6. 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:






    • Webinar: Join our national webinar to Mobilize for Mining Justice Week on Wed, March 18, 2015.
    • Webinar: Do you live in the Vancouver Lower Mainland? Join our Open for Justice webinar and help make Vancouver "Open for Justice". Tues, March 17, 2015.
    • Take Action Now! Participate in Mining Injustice Week May 10-16. Visit for more information on how to get involved.
    • Toronto premiere of "Huicholes - the Last Peyote Guardians". The film tells the story of the Wixarika people and their struggle against the Mexican government and Canadian mining companies.Novembeer 26, 2014.
    •  Autorickshaw concert for Bhopal. Toronto. Nov 9, 2014.
    • Panel discussion: Lawsuits Against Multinational Companies: Developments in Transnational Litigation in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and Canada. Ottawa. November 3, 2014.
    • Lawsuits against Canadian mining companies. University of Ottawa. June 26, 2014.
    • Open for Justice rally and delivery of 80,000 letters to MPs. May 14, 2014.
    • Canadian book launch: Injustice Incorporated. May 8, 2014.


    Open for Justice is a joint campaign organized by the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) and its member organizations, including Amnesty International.