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NGOs prepare ethical tribunal on Pacific Rubiales

22 July 2013

Canadian NGOs met with residents of Puerto Gaitán, Meta (Colombia) to gather evidence that Campo Rubiales is polluting and endangering the population

Campo Rubiales / Gabriel Aponte

Colombian labour union accuses Canada’s Pacific Rubiales Energy of intimidation

20 July 2013

MEDELLIN, Colombia – Colombian authorities are investigating accusations a Canadian resources company has used threats and intimidation to bust up union activity.

USO, a Colombian labour union, has filed a complaint with the country’s Attorney General alleging Toronto-based Pacific Rubiales Energy is trying to quash union activity and even blacklisting some workers affiliated with unions.

No formal charges have been laid.

Colombian Popular Tribunal to try Canadian oil company

18 July 2013

BOGOTA, Colombia, July 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Representatives of Canadian and Quebec's civil society organizations are in Colombia this week as part of a delegation to support and observe a popular hearing on the actions of Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales Energy in Colombia. The hearing is part of the more expansive Popular Tribunal on Extractive Policies in Colombia, organized by Colombian social organizations, including the Unión Sindical Obrera (USO), the national oil workers union.

Canadian Pension Plan Divests from Excellon Resources

18 July 2013

TORONTO, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) welcomes the decision by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to divest its entire holdings in Excellon Resources Inc.

"Investors have obligations to shareholders to invest responsibly and avoid links to human rights violations, and this is especially the case with CPPIB which oversees the retirement funds for all Canadians," said Ken Neumann, USW National Director. The USW has criticized the CPPIB in the past for its poor policy on socially responsible investment.

Harper Government Withholds Documents on Controversial Canadian Mining Company

11 July 2013

Eight months and counting: Steelworkers ask Information Commissioner to investigate government's failure to release information on Excellon Resources

TORONTO, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) union is asking federal Information CommissionerSuzanne Legault to investigate the Conservative government's failure, for more than eight months, to release information on a Canadian mining company's controversial operations in Mexico.

Community of Pitalito, Colombia, ordered to leave weeks after returning to their lands

10 July 2013

On July 8th 2013, the community of Pitalito received an eviction order issued by the mayor of Chimichagua, Amauri Villareal Tordecilla. The eviction concerns the families who returned to their land on May 21st 2013, less than two months ago. As it stands, police or military forces could arrive at any moment to execute the order.

Canada-Colombia FTA Human Rights Report Fails To Take Human Rights Seriously

9 July 2013

For the second year in a row, the Conservative government has failed to live up to its moral obligation to analyze the impact of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCOFTA) on human rights. The reporting obligation, embedded as a side agreement in the FTA, was hailed by the Liberals as a “new gold standard” for human rights reporting in free trade agreements and touted by the Conservative government as a meaningful way to address human rights accountability in trade. Civil society, labour and human rights organizations feared that it was merely unenforceable window dressing.

Would Scott Brison care to comment? Conservatives fail to take human rights seriously in Canada-Colombia deal

4 July 2013

Conservatives fail to take human rights seriously in Canada-Colombia deal

For the second year in a row, the Conservative government has failed tolive up to its moral obligation to analyze the impact of the
Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCOFTA) on human rights.

The reporting obligation, embedded as a side agreement in the FTA, was hailed by the Liberals as a "new gold standard" for human rights reporting in free trade agreements and touted by the Conservative  government as a meaningful way to address human rights accountability in trade.

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