Canada’s rationalizations for continued arms exports to Saudi Arabia fly in the face of UN Expert Reports, evidence from Canadian and international NGOs working in Yemen and the far more restrictive practices by most of our western allies.
If Canada is to win a UN Security Council seat over UN stalwarts, Norway and Ireland, then we need to think big. Now is the time for Canada to throw its weight squarely behind a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS).
The Canadian government should buttress its decisive action to ban assault-style weapons by bringing the already-enacted Bill C-71 amendments into force and committing to a handgun ban.
We call on the Government of Canada to demonstrate a commitment to international law commensurate with Canada’s historic role therein and befitting a nation seeking a seat on the UN Security Council.