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  • Human Rights at Mt Polley mine | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/issues/business-and-human-rights/human-rights-at-mt-polley-mine (2016-02-13)
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  • Ivanhoe Mines Background Information | Amnesty International Canada
    Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Our Work Issues Business and Human Rights Ivanhoe Home Our Work Issues Business and Human Rights Ivanhoe Issues Torture Business and Human Rights Guatemala Don t Undermine our Rights Access to Remedy Human Rights at Mt Polley mine Ivanhoe Ivanhoe Mines Background Information Justice for the People of Bhopal Oil in the Niger Delta Open for Justice Invest your Values International Justice Indigenous Peoples Refugees and Migrants Women s Human Rights LGBTI Rights Human Rights and the Arms Trade Surveillance Security and Human Rights Economic and Social Rights Death Penalty Support Abolition Health and Human Rights International Human Rights Principles Campaigns Priority Countries Individuals at Risk Good News Projects Ivanhoe Mines Background Information Amnesty International began expressing concern and raising questions about Ivanhoe Mines business partnership with the Myanmar government over a decade ago Because the company s dealings were so opaque it wasn t until a WikiLeaks revelation that Amnesty International researchers were able to gather sufficient information to demonstrate the company s wrong doing and to substantiate our call for an investigation into Ivanhoe Mines operations in Myanmar In the mid 1990s Ivanhoe Mines began a joint venture with the Myanmar government to mine copper in Monywa In 2007 Ivanhoe Mines sold its 50 stake in the joint venture to an independent third party Trust established by Ivanhoe in the British Virgin Islands and charged with finding a buyer for the Myanmar assets Since 2010 2011 the Monywa project has been in the hands of a controversial Chinese Myanmar military partnership Ivanhoe Mines has never explained how this happened Amnesty International received information supporting Wikileaks revelations that a well known crony of the Myanmar government was paid for negotiating this sale Amnesty International also uncovered information that the third party Trust was not independent and that Ivanhoe Mines continued to have oversight of the Trust s sale of the Myanmar assets The sale occurred at a time when Canadian US and EU economic sanctions applied to all dealings with the Myanmar military and its cronies Ivanhoe claimed in public filings with Canadian authorities that its joint venture sold all of the copper that it produced in Myanmar to a Japanese trading company However it turns out that the list of whom the joint venture actually sold the copper to reads like a who s who of the Myanmar security forces and its establishments Copper was sold to amongst others a number of military intelligence units and an organization suspected to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/issues/business-and-human-rights/ivanhoe/ivanhoe-mines-background-information (2016-02-13)
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  • Justice for the People of Bhopal | Amnesty International Canada
    Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Issues Business and Human Rights Issues Torture Business and Human Rights Guatemala Don t Undermine our Rights Access to Remedy Human Rights at Mt Polley mine Ivanhoe Justice for the People of Bhopal Oil in the Niger Delta Open for Justice Invest your Values International Justice Indigenous Peoples Refugees and Migrants Women s Human Rights LGBTI Rights Human Rights and the Arms Trade Surveillance Security and Human Rights Economic and Social Rights Death Penalty Support Abolition Health and Human Rights International Human Rights Principles Campaigns Priority Countries Individuals at Risk Good News Projects Justice for the People of Bhopal December 3rd 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal industrial disaster in India Within two weeks of that horrific chemical leak over 8 000 people had died Another 12 000 have died since from gas related diseases Some 500 000 survivors have suffered injury and disability Martin Sheen appears in new film Bhopal A Prayer for Rain Those who survived have faced long term health problems but receive little medical help For 30 years the survivors of Bhopal have campaigned for justice for fair compensation health care and for Union Carbide now owned by Dow Chemicals to be held to account Martin Sheen actor TAKE ACTION Demand justice for the communities of Bhopal by joining thousands of Amnesty supporters around the world for Write for Rights Take Action Amnesty International is pressing the government of India to ensure the site is cleaned up and the survivors are well supported We are also urging the US government to ensure that the US company Dow Chemical complies with ongoing legal actions and cooperates with the Indian government to remedy the consequences of the Bhopal disaster Sign an action Take part in a demonstration Follow us

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/bhopal (2016-02-13)
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  • Oil in the Niger Delta | Amnesty International Canada
    Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Our Work Issues Business and Human Rights Home Our Work Issues Business and Human Rights Issues Torture Business and Human Rights Guatemala Don t Undermine our Rights Access to Remedy Human Rights at Mt Polley mine Ivanhoe Justice for the People of Bhopal Oil in the Niger Delta Open for Justice Invest your Values International Justice Indigenous Peoples Refugees and Migrants Women s Human Rights LGBTI Rights Human Rights and the Arms Trade Surveillance Security and Human Rights Economic and Social Rights Death Penalty Support Abolition Health and Human Rights International Human Rights Principles Campaigns Priority Countries Individuals at Risk Good News Projects Oil in the Niger Delta Hundreds of oil spills occur in the Niger Delta every year causing significant harm to the environment Decades of pollution has destroyed people s livelihoods undermined their rights to clean water and food and put their health at serious risk Amnesty International is calling for Shell oil to clean up its mess in the Niger Delta Amnesty International also urges the Nigerian government to fulfil its promise to promptly establish a clean up fund Do you paint draw or doodle Use your skills to push Shell to clean up the mess it has made in Nigeria s Niger Delta Click here to submit your poster LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST ON THE NIGER DELTA Send a Tweet to Shell now CAMPAIGN NEWS Poster Competition Calling All Artists Shell Clean it Up Poster Competition 2015 2016 Investor Briefing Briefing for Shell Investors Lessons learned from the Bodo court case Nov 19 2015 Blog Shell Haunted by Ken Saro Wiwa anniversary Nov 10 2015 Spoof Video Shell Clean it up Nov 3 2015 Press Release Shell s manifestly false

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/issues/business-and-human-rights/oil-in-the-niger-delta (2016-02-13)
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  • Open for Justice | Amnesty International Canada
    to seek justice in Canada RESOURCES CAMPAIGN BACKGROUNDER For more information about the Open for Justice campaign read our backgrounder BOOK INJUSTICE INCORPORATED In March 2014 Amnesty International published a book about Access to Remedy FLYER If you wish to promote the Open for Justice campaign at your event please use our one page flyer YOUTH ACTION Encourage your child ren or students to take part in our Open for Justice campaign by participating in this Lifesaver action QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Do you have questions about the Open for Justice campaign See our Q A sheet for common questions and answers MP LOBBYING KIT We encourage you to phone or visit your MP to seek their support for this important issue Here are some resources to help you prepare for your MP meeting MP Pledge Preparing for your MP meeting Campaign Talking Points WATCH VIDEOS Video Mi Tierra es mi Lucha Written and Directed by Timo Schmidt This short film explores the relationship between indigenous rights and mining operations around the world Video Open for Justice PSA Produced by Stephen Hunt This short film explores the impact that Canadian transnational companies have on local communities as well as Canadian identity CONTACT Fiona Koza and Tara Scurr Business and Human Rights Campaigners 604 294 5160 x103 Elizabeth Berton Hunter Media Relations 416 363 9933 x332 Open for Justice is a joint campaign organized by the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability CNCA and its member organizations including Amnesty International Let s ensure Canada is Open for Justice and not just Open for Business All over the world there are people who suffer human rights abuses resulting from corporate activity In many countries though it is extremely difficult for people to obtain justice when their rights have been violated This is particularly true when the harms are caused by foreign companies or their subsidiaries In the few cases where people from other countries have come to Canada to seek justice for human rights violations involving Canadian corporations they have not succeeded This is because the existing mechanisms available in Canada to address corporate human rights violations overseas are inaccessible and ineffective To fix this problem Amnesty International Canada is demanding that Canada be Open for Justice Please take action by phoning or visiting your MP See our Resources section for our MP lobbying kit including talking points questions and answers and other helpful tips for meeting with your MP Contact us at bhr amnesty ca before you go to your MP meeting so that we can notify you of any updates JOIN US ON SOCIAL MEDIA In our globalized world we can t hide behind the idea that the harm is happening somewhere else and is someone else s problem Canadian companies need to be held to account in Canadian courts Alex Neve Secretary General Amnesty International Canada CAMPAIGN NEWS REPORT CARD Which political parties support corporate accountability for Canada s mining oil and gas sectors abroad Read the new Parliamentary Report Card

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/open-for-justice (2016-02-13)
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  • Invest your Values | Amnesty International Canada
    us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Our Work Issues Business and Human Rights Home Our Work Issues Business and Human Rights Issues Torture Business and Human Rights Guatemala Don t Undermine our Rights Access to Remedy Human Rights at Mt Polley mine Ivanhoe Justice for the People of Bhopal Oil in the Niger Delta Open for Justice Invest your Values Invest Your Values Q A International Justice Indigenous Peoples Refugees and Migrants Women s Human Rights LGBTI Rights Human Rights and the Arms Trade Surveillance Security and Human Rights Economic and Social Rights Death Penalty Support Abolition Health and Human Rights International Human Rights Principles Campaigns Priority Countries Individuals at Risk Good News Projects Invest your Values Every year Canadians are encouraged to invest their savings in Registered Retirement Savings Plans RRSPs purchased through their bank or credit union Most mutual fund indices even ethical funds are a mix of companies and industries including the oil gas and mining sector Unfortunately Canada s oil gas and mining sector has been linked to human rights and environmental harms around the world But many Canadians believe that their investments should not harm human rights or health For this reason many Canadians choose to not invest in funds which contain tobacco companies and weapons manufacturers Now Canadians are asking themselves whether investing in oil gas or mining companies is harmful to the planet and to human rights and if they should continue to invest in such industries Over the last decade banks and other investors have also recognized that they have a duty not only to handle clients funds responsibly but to make sure their business transactions don t harm human rights A number of international investment initiatives and guidelines have been launched The big banks have developed investment guidelines and policies that take into account a variety

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/issues/business-and-human-rights/invest-your-values (2016-02-13)
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  • Invest Your Values Q & A | Amnesty International Canada
    include human rights environmental and governance factors and outline consequences for companies which fail to perform not just financially but to the human rights standards expected of them 4 Does Amnesty International have a position on ethical business practices of individual banks and credit unions We do not take a position on the practices of individual banks or credit unions Just as we do not rank mining companies based on their policies we do not rank banks or credit unions We are concerned with whether or not human rights at particular project sites have been safeguarded by governments and respected by corporations and investors Investors have a responsibility to ensure they do not harm human rights directly or indirectly through their business relationships Having strong investment guidance in place such as a responsible investing policy is one step towards carrying out such due diligence We look at what is happening on the ground regarding respect for human rights in communities living with extractives developments We look at mining regulations and human rights protections in the country We examine and communities tell us how the State companies and investors are carrying out their obligations to protect in the case of States and respect in the case of companies human rights We seek input from the companies themselves government officials Canadian Embassies and civil society groups in the country hosting the project This is how we develop an understanding of the human rights issues at stake and then make recommendations 5 Why is Amnesty targeting banks rather than individual companies involved in human rights abuses Canadian banks are invested in companies accused of some of the worst human rights abuses in the world We discovered that even banks with the most lauded responsible investment policies are invested in these companies We are asking them why this is the case And we re asking banks what they can do to make sure they actually invest in line with their own policies We think banks which enjoy enormous profits should stand by their policies and demand companies live up to their responsibility to respect human rights Banks themselves have an obligation to ensure that their business practices do not directly or indirectly contribute to human rights abuses This RRSP season we are reminding Canada s banks of this obligation Major Canadian banks may be able to leverage their power with companies to improve respect for human rights so we re also asking them to raise specific human rights concerns with the companies they are invested in Some credit unions for example have listened to their customers concerns and have opted to divest or not invest in companies which they know contribute to human rights and environmental harms In some countries State or private pension funds have strong track records for standing up for human rights For example in 2015 the Norwegian Council on Ethics for the Government Pension Fund recommended that Tahoe Resources not be considered eligible for investment due to an unacceptable level

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/node/71349 (2016-02-13)
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  • International Justice | Amnesty International Canada
    for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Our Work Issues Home Our Work Issues Issues Torture Business and Human Rights International Justice Enforced Disappearances The International Criminal Court Indigenous Peoples Refugees and Migrants Women s Human Rights LGBTI Rights Human Rights and the Arms Trade Surveillance Security and Human Rights Economic and Social Rights Death Penalty Support Abolition Health and Human Rights International Human Rights Principles Campaigns Priority Countries Individuals at Risk Good News Projects International Justice International Justice Overview Amnesty International s Campaign for International Justice demands justice truth and full reparations for victims of serious human rights violations In recent history millions of crimes of genocide crimes against humanity war crimes torture extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances have been ignored by national authorities Victor s justice discrimination against victims damaged justice systems and political efforts to move forward without addressing the past are common reasons for this impunity The result is that perpetrators have been free to plan and commit horrific crimes safe in the knowledge that they will not be held to account Victims their families and their communities have been left to suffer In the last two decades major progress has been made towards reversing this trend of impunity by establishing a new system of international justice to deliver justice to victims and to press national authorities to fulfil their responsibilities A permanent International Criminal Court has been established to investigate and prosecute crimes committed after 1 July 2002 Other ad hoc international or internationalized courts have been established in a few situations including Cambodia the former Yugoslavia Rwanda Sierra Leone and Timor Leste A number of national courts have tried persons accused of crimes committed abroad before their national courts and ordered reparations to victims by exercising universal jurisdiction The challenge now is to ensure that this new international justice system succeeds in practice Amnesty International s Campaign for International Justice will

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/issues/international-justice (2016-02-13)
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