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Canada must live up to its rhetoric, scrap Saudi arms deal

By Justin Mohammed      

If not, it risks complicity in rights violations by providing the very tools that can be used commit those reprehensible acts.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured speaking to reporters outside the House of Commons last month, has said ‘Canada will always stand up for human rights around the world…even when we are told to mind our own business…and even when speaking up brings consequences.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Over the past month, the story of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, grabbed headlines around the world. Renowned journalists have paid tribute to Khashoggi and his work, and Amnesty International is calling on United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to set up an independent investigation so that we may know the truth of what took place.

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