Access to Remedy
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Canadian book launch and op ed
May 8, 2014
Today was the Canadian launch of Amnesty's new book on the right to remedy for victims of corporate human rights abuses. Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada's Secretary General presented the book at a CSR conference at Ryerson University. He also couriered a copy of the book to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a letter from himself and the Director General of Amnesty Canada's Francophone Branch, Béatrice Vaugrante. The letter draws attention to two Canadian cases that are included in the book and lays out recommendations to guide legal, policy and institutional reform for the Canadian government.
The book, entitled Injustice Incorporated: Corporate Abuses and the Human Right to Remedy (Injustice Incorporated), provides a comprehensive framework for substantially changing the legal imbalance between vulnerable individuals and powerful companies.
The book’s recommendations dovetail with key proposals for reform that have been made to the Canadian government through the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability’s Open for Justice Campaign. Noting that these reforms cover a number of government departments and require leadership from the Prime Minister, Neve and Vaugrante asked to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the proposals.
Amnesty International is demanding that Canada be Open for Justice” and not just “Open for Business”, by opening courts to legal challenges by foreign victims of corporate human rights abuses involving Canadian companies and creating an extractive sector ombudsperson.
The Canadian section of Amnesty International contributed to the book by providing research for a case study involving a Canadian company.
Read our open letter to Stephen Harper.
Read the press release.
Photo of Alex Neve courtesy of Ryerson University