From July 30th to August 1st, the International People’s Conference on Mining (www.peoplesminingconf.net) took place in Quezon City, the Philippines. Development and Peace’s Filipino partner Center for Environmental Concern was part of the organizing committee of the conference.
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It seemed a million miles away from the melting glaciers, the eroding deserts and the shrinking forest frontlines of the international battle against climate change. A Catholic school hall surrounded by manicured gardens in an upper class suburb of Lima was the setting for a high level dialogue between the Peruvian bishops’ conference, bishops from France, Brazil, Bangladesh and South Africa, and delegates from some of the developed nations attending the UN climate talks currently taking place in Lima.
During the past year, a broad coalition of Canadian civil society organizations have called for the creation of an independent ombudsman for the extractive sector who is able to make justice more accessible for communities from the Global South affected by Canadian mining operations. As part of this ever-growing movement, Development and Peace has repeatedly insisted on the need for this mechanism, through the Voice for Justice campaign, as well as in previous campaigns.
Come join a mass rally on May 14th calling for Canadian mining companies to be accountable for their actions overseas!
The rally will take place on Wednesday, May 14th at noon on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Come be part of hundreds from across Canada who will be gathering on Parliament Hill to call for an ombudsman for the extractive sector so that communities negatively impacted by Canadian mining companies in the Global South can have a Voice for justice.
Members of Development and Peace have been and remain very active all across the country promoting the A Voice for Justice campaign. Meetings have taken place with a total of 36 Members of Parliament from all political parties, and most of them have received petitions signed by citizens from their respective ridings.
Since its founding in 1967, Development and Peace has been working in the Middle East, responding to recurring humanitarian crises in the region.
This week, Members of Parliament across the country will be receiving visits from their constituents who want to share an important message with them from communities in the Global South: Canadian mining companies that don’t respect their rights should be held accountable.
This is why Development and Peace and several other organizations across the country are calling on the Canadian government to put in place an ombudsman here in Canada for the extractive sector.
23 Canadian organizations issued a call to action to Members of Parliament and all Canadians this week, to ensure that victims of abuse by Canadian extractive companies abroad can access justice in Canada.