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Please write letters to Canadian Foreign Minister, the Honorable Peter MacKay, copied to the Canadia

Published by MAC on 2006-05-04

Please write letters to Canadian Foreign Minister, the Honorable Peter MacKay, copied to the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, the Mexican Embassy in Canada, the community residents, and KAIROS:

Request that the Canadian government exert diplomatic pressure on Mexican authorities to conduct an immediate, impartial and full investigation into recent attacks on Enrique Rivera Sierra and to bring those responsible to justice. Urge them to ensure that the safety and integrity of Enrique Rivera Sierra and all FAO members is guaranteed, along with their legitimate right to protest.

Given the gravity of the situation, demand that the Canadian government take action and directly intervene in order to stop Metallica Resources Inc., a Canadian company from operating in contravention of Mexican law. Because of Metallica's action, Canada's reputation in Mexico is being tarnished. The government has stated that if Canadian companies abroad do not uphold Canadian values and act as good corporate citizens, they are committed to taking action. Urge them to do so.

In the context of the roundtable process on mining, call on the Canadian government to adopt binding legislation for Canadian corporations operating abroad based on Canada's existing obligations under international human rights and environmental agreements.

Send letters to:

The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 992-6022
Fax: (613) 992-2337

Please CC:

Canadian Ambassador in Mexico
Ambassador Gaetan Lavertu,
Canadian Embassy in Mexico
Schiller 529
Col. Polanco
11560 Mexico, District Federal
TEL: (5255) 5724-7900
FAX: (5255) 5724-7985

Mexican Ambassador in Canada
Ambassador Maria Teresa Garcia Segovia de Madero
Embassy of Mexico in Canada
45 O'Connor Street, Suite 1000
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1A4
TEL. (613) 233 8988
FAX (613) 235 9123

Frente Amplio Opositor (FAO)
Fax: (52) 444 8 22 75 40

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