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Allegations of harm by Canadian extractive companies overseas should be investigated by a federal ombudsperson, say professors joining an international campaign pushing the Liberal’s to follow through on a pledge made during the 2015 election campaign.

Forty-four people died and 403 injuries occurred in incidents involving 28 different Canadian mining companies across Latin American from 2000 to 2015, according to a report by Osgoode Hall Law School’s Justice and Corporate Accountability Project published in November.

More than 80 professors from across Canada, including several research chairs in human rights and international law, have co-signed a letter calling for federal ombudsperson legislation modelled on a proposal by the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA).