Time to review Canada's arms export policy

Canada may be seen as a reluctant arms merchant, yet changes over the decades have allowed sales to persistent human rights violators.

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Ensaf Haidar, the wife of imprisoned human rights activist Raif Badawi, accepts the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on his behalf in Strasbourg, France on Dec. 16. Mr. Badawi was sentenced by Saudi Arabia in 2014 to 10 years and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.
John Lamb , Ernie Regehr
Published: Wednesday, 01/27/2016 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Wednesday, 01/27/2016 12:00 am EST

Having now at least acknowledged that it has the authority, indeed responsibility, to cancel export permits to ship armored combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia under certain conditions, the government needs to take the next logical step—to review and revamp the military commodities export policy that has been allowing such sales for some three decades.

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