As Canadian mining companies around the world are enjoying billions of dollars in profits at the expense of environmental and human rights abuses, local communities around the world are fighting back and speaking out. Karyn Keenan looks at such efforts taking place right here in Canada.
An obvious priority is to strengthen judicial institutions in the countries where abuse takes place. However, it’s also critical that the judiciary in multinationals’ ‘home’ countries, such as Canada, hear cases involving the alleged negligence and criminal wrong-doing of their companies in foreign countries, especially when the victims lack other viable options. The role of home governments in facilitating human rights violations and other types of abuse should also be examined by domestic courts.
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