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Take action to #Empower the Ombudsperson and #Enact corporate accountability legislation!

    Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 13:23

    In 2019 the Canadian government appointed an Ombudsperson to ensure justice and remedy for individuals and communities harmed by Canadian mining, oil, gas and garment companies operating overseas. However, the Canadian government failed to give the Ombudsperson the powers needed to conduct effective investigations (for example, the Ombudsperson cannot compel corporate disclosure). Without an effective Ombudsperson, the individuals and communities who seek justice for allegations of murder, sexual violence, dispossession from their land, dangerous and exploitative working conditions, exploitation of children, poisoning of land and water, and other human rights abuses, will continue to be unable to have their voices heard in Canada.

    Please sign our parliamentary petition urging the Canadian government to empower the Ombudsperson with the power to investigate human rights abuse allegations and enact a law that compels businesses to respect the most current international human rights standards across the entirety of their global operations and supply chains.

    What else can I do?

    1. Encourage at least five friends to sign our parliamentary petition. Here are some images and text that you can use to promote the petition on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
    2. Contact your MP (during the pandemic you can still meet your MP by phone or online) and encourage them to support our parliamentary petition.
    3. Write a File letter to the members of Canada’s International Human Rights Parliamentary Subcommittee.
    4. If you  missed our “Minding our Own Business” webinar on May 14, 2020 we invite you to watch the recording here. During the webinar we heard powerful stories from people whose lives have been severely affected by Canadian companies in the Philippines, the Brazilian Amazon, and Bangladesh, and we learned how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating their situation. We also launched our “Empower and Enact Action Plan”. A few Canadian MPs also spoke at the webinar, showing their support for stronger accountability mechanisms for Canadian companies overseas.

    For more information visit www.amnesty.ca/openforjustice.

    Note: This campaign is a collaborative effort with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability and its 38 member organizations.