Open for Justice
Canada blinks: Ombudsperson announcement a disappointment, but the fight is not over
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. The Canadian Government has taken steps to address this problem. But at a crucial moment, it seems Canada has blinked.
On April 8, 2019, Canada's Minister of International Trade Diversification announced the appointment of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). However the position that was announced is dramatically different from what the government promised in January, 2018. The Ombudsperson may review cases but does not have the powers to independently investigate abuse allegations or compel documents from the parties to a complaint. This is a step backwards for corporate accountability in Canada.
When will Canada be Open for Justice?
Read our blog and press release
- FAQ read Global Affairs Canada's recently updated FAQ on Responsible Business Abroad & the CORE
- OMBUDSPERSON FACT SHEET A helpful Q&A.
- 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.
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF MODEL LEGISLATION You don't need to be a lawyer to read this.
- MODEL LEGISLATION Here is our detailed model legislation for the creation of an extractive sector ombudsperson.
- 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).
- INJUSTICE INCORPORATED Download Amnesty International's book on Access to Remedy.
- CNCA BRIEFING NOTE Why Canada needs BOTH an extractive sector ombudsperson AND legislated access to Canadian courts.
- CAMPAIGN BACKGROUNDER
Written and Directed by Timo Schmidt.
This short film explores the relationship between indigenous rights and mining operations around the world.
Federal Budget does not mention Human Rights Ombudsperson. March 22, 2017.
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.
Where is the Ombudsperson? Nov 7, 2018
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.