Re: "The feds, not just companies, responsible for mining harms abroad and should be held to account," (The Hill Times, Nov. 10). The murder of Mariano Abarca, a Mexican land and community defender, raises serious questions about the conduct of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and a Canadian mining company. KAIROS too calls for a serious investigation into the matter, and for Canada to enforce corporate accountability as a pillar of its foreign policy. Canada’s current voluntary measures amount to a state-sanctioned sense of “anything goes.” Companies and their business partners face no consequences when they cause human rights violations and environmental harm, which impact women and Indigenous communities particularly hard. For example, sexual abuse against Indigenous women increases when mining operations open in their communities. Establishing a feminist foreign policy to promote Indigenous and women’s rights worldwide requires the federal government to legally mandate companies and their business partners—particularly the extractive sector—to abide by rules and face consequences when they do not. We call on Canada to strengthen, monitor, and publicly report on the use of “Voices at Risk: Canada’s Guidelines on Supporting Human Rights Defenders” at Canada’s foreign missions. We also call on Canada to ensure environmental defenders are eligible for the refugee stream created by IRCC; to empower the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise to compel documents and seek legal recourse; and to enact mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence legislation as a first priority in the new Parliament. After all, there is nothing strong about an economy—or self-proclaimed feminist country—mired by allegations of corporate misconduct. Gabriela Jiménez KAIROS Latin America partnerships coordinator Toronto, Ont.