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Government of Canada should assess human rights impact of Nexen takeover

December 03, 2012

Canada Tibet Committee

Media release

Government of Canada should assess human rights impact of Nexen takeover

Montreal, December 3, 2012 - In a report released today, the Canada Tibet Committee urges the Government of Canada to consider the human rights implications of all investment between Canada and China, including the Nexen deal currently being discussed.  The call comes as the number of self-immolations in Tibet reaches 90, including 28 in November alone.

The report, Net Risk to Human Rights: the CNOOC grab for Nexen and its potential impact on human rights, recommends that the Investment Canada Act be amended to include attention to human rights, despite recent media reports indicating that the Government intends to do just the opposite. 

"The Government of Canada has obligations under the human rights treaties it has ratified", said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee.  "Those obligations cannot be set aside at the Government's discretion.  They impose due diligence responsibilities including the assessment of potential human rights impacts related to commercial agreements."

A decision on whether or not to approve the Nexen purchase bid is expected on December 10, International Human Rights Day. 

Contact:
Carole Samdup (English) 514-487-0665
Eva Cirnu (French) 514-632-6635

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