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The theme of this issue of LawNow is investment and taxes, and even in this field, human rights concerns arise. Indeed, it might even be suggested that the areas of investment -- and, indeed, everyday shopping -- represent ways in which individual Canadians can have an influence over foreign governments and dictators which continually abuse and violate -- or permit the violation of -- the rights and freedoms of their own citizens.
Countries such as China are well-known for profiting by their human rights violations. Prisoners -- from common criminals to political detainees held for expressing or demonstrating opinions and views not favoured by the government in Beijing -- are often forced to work in inhumane labour camps and factories, turning out common consumer products which turn up on North American store shelves.