- Independent, impartial and arms-length from government;
- Mandated and adequately resourced to investigate incidents. That means being able to compel documents and testimony;
- Able to make public findings and recommendations that tie subsidies, loans, loan insurance and other trade support from government to respect for human rights;
- Able to monitor and follow up on recommendations;
- Transparent. To be effective, the ombudsperson’s findings, recommendations, approved settlement agreements and policy proposals must be publicly available.
Yussuff added that the creation of a strong and independent human rights ombudsperson is also important given calls by the G7 and G20 on all member countries to create and strengthen mechanisms to fulfill their commitments under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The move will also help Canada fulfill its obligations under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other international norms, he said.