Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad

Monday, September 27, 2010 - 12:30 to 20:30

Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad
Canada's Operations Abroad - Community Impacts and the Case for New Legislation
Start: Sep 27 2010 - 8:30AM
End: Sep 27 2010 - 4:30PM

Location: Centre Block, House of Commons

Conference organizer: Peter Julian, NDP International Trade Critic and MP (Burnaby-New Westminster)

Media Sponsor: rabble.ca

The aim of this conference is to have a focused dialogue on international violations of human and environmental rights and related corporate practices, and to demonstrate the importance of providing the legislative options supported by Peter Julian's Bill C-354 in specific situations. You can see a copy of Bill C-354 with petition at: http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/Bill_C-354

The conference brings together Canadians working on the ground on issues related to Canadian operations overseas, civil society actors, labour representatives and leaders in the Global South from affected communities.

C-354 would create a new civil cause of action that would allow the Federal Courts to hear and decide claims for violations of international law that occur outside of Canada. Specifically, the legislation would allow non-citizens to sue Canadians and Canadian corporations for gross violations of basic human, environmental or labour rights when they are committed outside of Canada.

Speakers and moderators include:

-Jose Luis Abarca Montejo, Mexican lawyer and son of late Mariano Abarca, community activist known for his opposition to mining who was assassinated last November in Chicomuselo, a town in Chiapas, Mexico.
-Mark Arnold, partner in the Toronto law firm, Gardiner Miller Arnold LLP. on case re. Canadian firms building settlements in the West Bank Palestine case
-Rick Arnold, Coordinator, Common Frontiers.
-Laura Avalos, President of the Salvadorian Canadian Association of Ottawa and National Capital Region (ASCORCAN)
-Terry Collingsworth American labour lawyer. With support from the Killer Coke campaign, Collingsworth and Daniel Kovalik resort to the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCT) to prosecute Coca-Cola Enterprises in U.S. courts
-Peter Julian, NDP International Trade Critic and MP (Burnaby-New Westminster)
-Tenzin Lobsang Wangkhang, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet ~ on mining in Occupied Territories: Tibet
-Bodia Macharia, Friends of the Congo, Canada
-Nick Milanovic, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Law at Carleton University, Ottawa. Peter Julian developed Bill C-354 in close collaboration with Nick Milanovic and Mark Rowlinson.
-Jamie Moffet, documentary filmmaker, 'Return to El Salvador'
-Mark Rowlinson Counsel, United Steelworkers' Canadian National Office legal department
-Grahame Russell, Co-Director of Rights Action and Author of "Code Z59.5: There Is Only One People Here"
-Sakura Saunders, Media activist, Northern editor for the Web site protestbarrick.net
-Dermod Travis, Executive Director, Canada Tibet Committee.
-Ian Thomson, the Chairperson of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA)
-Denis Tougas, long-time Congo analyst at a Catholic group called L'Entraide missionnaire, in Montreal
-Cory Wanless, Klippensteins, Barristers & Solicitors

A special screening of 'Return to El Salvador', narrated by Martin Sheen and directed by conference panelist Jamie Moffet, will also take place the evening of the 27th. Details to come.

More info: 613.992.4214.

**Admission is free but please RSVP as soon as you can if you plan to attend

Please note: Space is limited at the meeting venue. Please complete and return this form by September 20 at the latest to confirm your participation



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