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    CANADA PUBLIC SPEAKING TOUR: The human rights costs of Canadian extractive industries in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador

    Learn about the impacts of Canadian extractive projects on their communities and how they are leading successful campaigns to defend their territory from corporate incursion.

    Yanira Cortez Estevez (El Salvador), judge of the Latin American Water Tribunal; Bernardo Belloso (El Salvador), president of the Association for Development of El Salvador – CRIPDES; Aleisar Arana Morales (Guatemala): president of the Xinca Parliament; and Javier Mejía (Nicaragua) economist and Coordinator of Natural Resources Management Area at Humboldt Centre. 

    Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) inhale toxic dust as they mine the cobalt that powers the batteries we rely on for our phones, tablets and laptops. Yet global electronics manufacturers won’t tell us if their cobalt supply chains are tainted by child labour. They have a responsibility to do so –to check for and address child labour in their supply chains, setting an example for the rest of the industry to follow. Electric vehicle companies also need to ensure that their car batteries do not contain cobalt mined by children.


    Around the world the human rights of individuals and communities are threatened by the operations of multinational companies. Companies must be held to account for abuses they commit, and people whose rights have been abused by companies must have access to justice and effective remedy. 

    Help us ensure that Canadian and multinational companies respect human rights in Canada and around the world. Join Amnesty Canada's Corporate Action Network today.

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    Hey everybody!

    Did you know that Shell Oil company has been extracting oil in the NIger Delta for over 50 years? And that there are hundreds of spills in the region every year, causing huge harm to the local population?

    On Novemeber 10th we will be marking the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa, an activist that fought for the rights of the Ogoni people in the Niger Delta area: he protested against the exploitation and violation of human rights caused by the operations of multinationals such as Shell.

    There will be:
    - a presentation
    - a discussion session
    - a letter writing session

    “We breathe polluted air. We drink polluted water. We farm in contaminated land and eat contaminated crops. We live in a contaminated environment. All because of oil pollution.” – Community activist, Niger Delta 


      Popular companies such as Nestlé, Colgate, Kellogg’s, Unlever and Procter & Gamble are selling food and cosmetics containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights. These companies reassure their customers that their products use "sustainable palm oil" - but Amnesty's research reveals that the palm oil is anything but. There is nothing sustainable about palm oil that is produced using forced and child labour!  

    More information:


    In the dark of night, as December 2 rolled over into December 3, 1984 and nearby residents slept, toxic gas began leaking from a pesticide factory in Bhopal. Within three days, as many as 10,000 people had died in the central Indian town.

    Since then another 12,000 have died. Thousands of survivors and their descendants have suffered – and still suffer -- long-term health problems from the effects of gas exposure. Respiratory illnesses, damage to internal organs, and problems with the immune system are common. 


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