Since 2006, Development and Peace has been advocating for access to justice for communities negatively affected by the activities of Canadian mining companies in the Global South. We are asking the Canadian government to create an independent ombudsperson who can be a voice for justice here in Canada for those whose rights have been violated by Canadian extractive companies operating overseas.
After ten years of action and advocacy by over 500,000 Canadians to call for access to justice for communities affected by Canadian mining companies overseas, Development and Peace - Caritas Canada celebrates the creation of an ombudsperson for mining, oil and gas operations around the world.
@FP_Champagne : The #ombuds announcement is the best news of the year! But to be sure that it makes a difference, please ensure that the #ombuds is independent, has the power to investigate, and has the budget needed to be effective.
Launch of the Life before Profit campaign, which exposed the irresponsible extraction of natural resources in countries of the Global South by foreign companies.
La campagne Voice for Justice campaign reflected the hardships faced by communities in Honduras, Peru, Madagascar and the Philippines and called on the government to create an independent ombudsperson for the Canadian extractive sector. Meetings with MPs were organized by Development and Peace members across the country.
On January 17 in Ottawa, the Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne announced the creation of a human rights ombudsperson for the Canadian mining, oil, and gas sector around the world.
A Voice for Justice
Rally for mining accountability on Parliament Hill
Rally May 14 - representative from Alberta
Honduras and Peru: The right to free, prior and informed consent
A toxic legacy
Madagascar: Living in the Shadow of a Mine
Campaign Launch 2013 - Press Conference (highlights)