Permanent Peoples' Tribunal

Over the past few years, the Polaris Institute has become increasingly involved in various hearings of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT). The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal is an independent body that examines cases of human rights violations upon request from individuals or civil society organizations. PPT sessions focus on situations where national and international justice systems are found to be incapable of ensuring that rights are respected. Since 2012, Polaris has been involved as jurors with the Mexican Chapter of the PPT on Free Trade, Violence, Impunity and Peoples Rights, as part of the coordinating committee on the Canadian chapter on the Canadian Mining Industry (first hearing in May 2014, Montreal) and the June 2014 Geneva hearing of the PPT on the crimes and human rights abuses of transnational corporations.

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Au cours des dernières années, l'Institut Polaris s'est impliqué auprès de plusieurs audiences du Tribunal permanent des peuples(TPP). Le Tribunal permanent des peuples est un organe indépendant qui examine des cas de violations de droits humains après la demande d'individus ou organisations de la société civile. Les séances du TPP se penchent sur des situations où les systèmes de justice nationaux et internationaux sont incapables d'assurer que les droits sont respectés. Depuis 2012, Polaris fut impliqué comme membres de deux jurys pour la Séance mexicaine du TPP sur le Libre échange, la violence, l'impunité et les droits de peuples, comme membre du comité de coordination du Chapitre canadien sur l'industrie minière canadienne (première audience en mai 2014 à Montréal) et la Séance du TPP à Genève en juin 2014 sur les crimes et violations de droits humains commis par des compagnies transnationales.

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Recent News / Nouvelles

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On December 10th, 2014, International Day of Human Rights, the jury of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal released its ruling for the hearing on Canadian mining in Latin America.

Following two days of testimony in Montreal this past May, the PPT jury determined that five Canadian mining companies and the Government of Canada were responsible for multiple cases of human rights violations. These include labour rights violations, denial of indigenous self-determination rights, environmental destruction, targeted assassinations and criminalization of dissent, among others.

Full press release below.

The Polaris Institute's Executive Director, Richard Girard, is in Geneva this week to participate in a week of mobilization organized by the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power to pressure the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt binding codes that would regulate Transnational Corporations and provide access to justice for victims of human rights violations committed by corporations.

The week action kicked off with a hearing of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal...

(le français suit - español sigue)