It’s not too soon to start thinking about the upcoming federal election. We are working hard to ensure there will be vigorous debate of Canada’s new arms export policy, the lack of leadership on nuclear disarmament and the need to do much, much more in support of UN peacekeeping.
We call on the Canadian government to re-invigorate dialogue with Iran, prioritize support for the INF Treaty and ensure prompt accession to the global Arms Trade Treaty.
We can make a real difference. Stopping our military exports will impede Saudi Arabia’s military capacity to continue to wreak havoc in Yemen. It would also be a powerful, tangible, positive demonstration of support for human rights and the rule of law, at a time when they are under global attack.
Senate Human Rights Committee makes a series of innovative recommendations to ensure that Canada will not compromise human security for commercial interests.
Canadians must demand that our government end its shameful silence in the face of widespread ill-treatment and torture endured by Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces.
Canada needs an export permit control system worthy of a country with a proud history of working to strengthen human rights, international law and international peace and security.