Curb Mining Abuses, Say Church Leaders

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Canada's reputation as a human rights leader is being damaged by environmental and human rights abuses of Canadian mining companies overseas, say church leaders and activists from the Philippines and South Africa.

"The Canadian government must enact binding legislation to ensure that Canadian mining companies adhere to internationally accepted human rights standards," said Bishop Sue Moxley, suffragan (assistant) bishop of the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

She was speaking at a news conference on Parliament Hill May 29 as part of a delegation of church leaders and activists who want the federal government to adopt recommendations made in a federal roundtable report, released in March, on the global impact of Canadian mining operations. An advisory group representing Canadian mining companies and civil society groups prepared the report.

Bishop Moxley, who visited Cerro De San Pedro in Mexico in 2005 as part of a church leaders delegation organized by Kairos, said she was shocked by the environmental impact on the people. …

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