Canada should add its diplomatic voice to those already urging the USA to lift its sanctions on Iran for the duration of the pandemic and join with others in providing direct humanitarian assistance.
In light of the new ICC Afghanistan investigation, Prime Minister Trudeau should launch a long-overdue public inquiry into Canada’s policies and practices relating to the transfer of hundreds of detainees to Afghan authorities during Canada’s military mission in that country.
We call on Canada to demonstrate “strict adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights” by taking an unequivocal stand against the illegal sanctioning of humanitarian goods.
Canada said no to rogue American behaviour in Iraq in 2003. We should do the same regarding Iran in 2020.
Trump’s reckless behaviour puts the world at needless risk. It is also the single biggest obstacle to marshalling a truly global response to the twin existential threats of climate catastrophe and the devastation of nature.
Canada should engage much more fully in the Doha Forum multilateral dialogue process, both as an extremely worthwhile endeavour in its own right, and as a much-needed counterbalance to our troubling relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.