New envoy will investigate Canadian human rights abuses in Philippines and Latin America
Church agencies in Latin America and the Philippines are cautiously welcoming Ottawa’s move to set up a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise who will have power to investigate human rights abuses and environmental damage associated with Canadian-owned or operated mines abroad.
The key to success for the new office will be whether the Canadian ombudsperson will accept complaints directly from individuals and communities living next to the mines, said Fr. Dario Bossi, director of the ecumenical Latin American Churches and Mining Network.
“We are most hopeful that an ombudsperson in Canada will be sufficiently empowered to bring changes to Canadian companies starting