OTTAWA—UN experts, having just completed a mission to Canada, are urging the Canadian government to take a tougher line on business-related human rights violations. Among other recommendations, the UN is calling for the creation of an extractive industries human rights ombudsperson that is independent and well resourced, with the power to investigate allegations, conduct fact-finding, and enforce its orders. Industry spokespeople argue the ombudsman should be limited to facilitating joint fact-finding processes, agreed upon voluntarily by companies and complainants.
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