Canada’s need for a legal framework for accountability of Canadian extractive industries operating abroad

The ICJ today called on Canada to enact an effective legal framework for accountability of Canadian extractive industries and to reconsider its rejection of other UPR recommendations.

In an Interactive Dialogue on the adoption of the second cycle Universal Periodic Review of Canada (Item 6 of the Human Rights Council’s agenda), the ICJ reiterated its concern regarding the human rights impacts of Canadian business enterprises, in particular mining, gas and oil companies, in countries where they operate. It also called on Canada to reconsider its position not to accept UPR recommendations to become party to several key international human rights instruments.

The Interactive Dialogue took place during the 24th regular session of the Human Rights Council (9 to 27 September 2013).

Canada-HRC24-Item6-OralStatement-LegalSubmission-2013 (download full statement in PDF)

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