Will Canadian companies be held responsible for their actions abroad?

Last week the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a path-breaking decision, Choc v. Hudbay Minerals, that might, for the first time, require a Canadian mining company to take legal responsibility for human rights abuses abroad. The case concerns the alleged gang rape of indigenous women and the murder of an indigenous leader. Both are alleged to have occurred in Guatemala in the course of an ongoing dispute over indigenous land rights at the site of a mine owned by HudBay?s Guatemalan subsidiary.

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Categories: Corporate Accountability
Author: Shin Imai, The Globe and Mail