Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Canada and the war in Sudan
The operation of Canadian oil companies in the Sudan has cause economic hardship, for the Sudanese people who has not only faced civil unrest in their country from that government itself which has also profited from those foreign oil companies but many Sudanese were also killed or displaced by these civil unrest for which their government is also to be blamed and for working with those foreign oil companies to exploit them even more. Exploitation and greed is what has kept those oil companies in the Sudan and other places like South America. Talisman Oil is one of those Canadian companies that has exploited the resources of the Sudanese people without giving any thing back to the people. That in my opinion is a human rights violation. To profit off of the people for their own benefit. Canada and its global conglomerate of oil companies in Africa and other countries around the world has also violated international human rights standards through its exploitation of the natural resources of those countries and putting the inhabitants in economic hardships that is evidence by the wars and internal turmoils that is often the result of the direct interference of those foreign countries that has used these internal conflicts for their own benefit.
Canada's Role in the Congo Wars:
A recent report that has come out has also said that Canada has funded and profited from the war in the Congo. This fact has also been known for a long time but these reports has also cited the direct role that Canada has played in the massacre of the Congolese people through its direct support of the rebel groups that it has also funded that has also resulted in the deaths of millions of Congolese. According to Denis Tougis in his report Canada In Africa he has cited that "Canada’s image as a moderate country and disinterested development partner in Africa is now thoroughly outdated". Another report by writer Zahra Moloo has also cited Canada's role in the Congo in her report called Canada’s Contribution to Congo’s Wars. In it she has described some of the atrocities that were committed by Canadian oil companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also gave documented evidence of this fact including stating in her report that "documented support for rebel groups and massacres by Canadian mining companies" had also caused the Congolese government to review the contracts of some 63 of those mining companies that were issued during the bloodiest years of the war that has also resulted in the deaths of some 5.4 million people who have been killed since 1998 as a result of that war. The review of the Congolese government which has also claimed that 45,000 people had died each month from war-related causes. In the report also Anvil Mining employees were taken to the Congolese courts in June 2007 over allegations that they had provided logistical assistance and ground transportation to the Congolese Armed Forces during an assault on a fishing town called Kilwa in October 2004 in which 70 to 100 civilians were killed. Other reports have also claimed that "the company’s vehicles were used, among other things, to remove corpses in the aftermath of the assault" and that "Despite multiple eyewitness testimonies, the company employees were acquitted". In one report also Canada's Barrick Gold was said to have had access to gold areas that were also out of bounds of the Congolese government and that it was also funding at least two rebel groups the UPC (Hema Union des Patriotes Congolais) and the FNI (Front des Nationalists Integrationnistes) to carry out the massacre of civilians of those areas. One final inclusion. In his book called Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique’ writer Alain Denault has described how "Canadian mining firms operating in Africa are involved in levels of abuse worse than those perpetrated by the former colonial empires". Canada now has assets of over 300 billion dollars in those African countries and has continued to exploit the natural resources of those poor countries not just in Africa but also South America and other countries around the world. These in my opinion has all constituted human rights abuses and most of which has taken place under that country's auspices of its "service to humanity" which has never been regarded in its true light until now. Now that its actions are being exposed finally that has also contradicted everything that human rights stands for and which has also been unknown to most people.