Geneva Council Condemns Ambiguity Surrounding Canada’s Exports of weapons to Israel

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The Geneva Council strongly condemns the lack of clarity surrounding Canada’s exports of military equipment to Israel. Amid escalating concerns following the deadly Israeli bombardment of Gaza, human rights advocates have raised alarm over the ambiguity and regulatory loopholes surrounding these transactions.

Under legislation designed to prevent the export of military equipment that could potentially be used in human rights abuses, the Canadian government’s recent responses regarding its exports to Israel have sparked significant controversy. Despite assurances from Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that no permits have been issued for complete weapon systems or major conventional arms to Israel in over three decades, questions persist regarding the true extent of Canada’s involvement.

In light of mounting pressure from civil society groups urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cease arms exports to Israel, the Geneva Council emphasizes the urgent need for transparency and accountability in Canada’s dealings with foreign actors. The disparity between official statements and reported export volumes, which exceeded $15 million (CAD) in 2022 according to government data, underscores the critical importance of addressing this issue.

“The lack of transparency surrounding Canada’s exports to Israel is deeply concerning. As an independent news organization committed to promoting human rights and accountability, we call upon the Canadian government to provide full disclosure and accountability regarding its arms exports, in accordance with international law and ethical standards.

The Geneva Council reaffirms its commitment to shedding light on issues of global significance and advocating for transparency, accountability, and respect for human rights in all facets of international affairs.

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