Canadian mining companies are facing allegations of abuse and assault on local citizens in dozens of developing nations…In Ottawa…a House of Commons committee…will continue debating a Liberal private member’s bill designed to put controls on mining companies overseas…From Ecuador comes a lawsuit…alleging that in 2006 a Canadian company’s armed security forces attacked unarmed locals …In El Salvador, allegations of violent attacks against anti-mining activists. In Mexico, allegations of human rights and environmental abuse that led a Mexican court to close a Canadian-owned mine.
British-based mining companies face similar allegations. The proposed legislation in Canada is therefore of interest to those seeking to hold British-based companies to account for their operations overseas.