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A plea from Peru to the Canadian mining industry

The Comisión Episcopal de Acción Social (Episcopal Commission for Social Action, CEAS) has written an open letter to delegates at the 2022 Convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), which will be held in Toronto from June 13 to 16.

CEAS, a long-time partner of Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada, is the official organization of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference that works for the defense and promotion of human rights in the light of the Gospel and the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.

In the open letter, Bishop Jorge Izaguirre Rafael, president of CEAS, notes that the Peruvian mining sector, in which Canadian companies play a major role, “has not brought the promised improvement in quality of life for most communities in the mining areas.” He also calls on the PDAC to support Bill C-262, “which would require Canadian companies to conduct human rights and environmental due diligence before beginning operations in another country.”

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