Prompting the ETOs Debate in the Inter-American Human Rights System

Daniel Cerqueira, Senior Program Officer, DPLF

This article was published as a chapter on the book, For Human Rights Beyond Borders: Handbook on how to hold States accountable for extraterritorial violations by the ETOs Consortium

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In October 2013, a number of Latin American civil society organizations (CSOs) participated in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) entitled “The impact of natural resource extraction in Latin America and the responsibility of host States and corporations’ home States.”[1] In April 2014, a er three years of research, a coalition comprised of CSOs based in Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and the United States published a related report on the impact of Canadian mining companies in Latin America and Canada’s responsibility.[2] The report examines 22 mining projects carried out in nine countries in the region and identifies a pattern of human rights violations and its underlying causes – notably in Canada, the home-State of the companies involved in the abuses.

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