Canadian Embassy and Human Defenders Policy

State-sanctioned Violence in Peru and the Role of Canadian Mining

Canadian firms benefit from state-sanctioned police protection and impunity at the expense of human rights and the environment.

On January 18, 2023, as thousands of Peruvians were taking to the streets in Lima to
denounce the spiralling political crisis in the country, Canadian Ambassador Louis
Marcotte was meeting with the Peruvian Minister of Energy and Mines.

Kirsten Francescone | Canadian Dimension

March 6, 2023

Canadian officials ignored their obligation to support activist detained in 2017 over mining dispute in Peru: report

A report from the Justice & Corporate Accountability Project uses access-to-information records to piece together how embassy and trade commission officials responded when Jennifer Moore of MiningWatch Canada was detained by Peruvian police in April 2017.

Kevin Philipupillai | The Hill Times

December 27, 2022

A human rights policy for Canadian embassies is long overdue

In June of this year, Amnesty International called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address the issue of human rights with the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during the “Three Amigos Summit.” Amnesty International and other human rights organizations drew attention to the dangers faced by human rights defenders who are threatened, intimidated, harassed and killed every year in Mexico as a reprisal for their work on behalf of persecuted people and indigenous communities. Our Prime Minister might also look at improving the record of Canadian embassies in supporting human rights defenders in Mexico and elsewhere.

Charis Kamphuis, Danielle Ching | The Hill Times

August 31, 2016