Two opinion pieces by RI President Peggy Mason are featured in today’s launch of the revamped Canadian International Council website.
The first, co-authored with human rights researcher and activist Omar Sabry, is entitled How Canada failed Afghan detainees.
Canada knowingly transferred detainees in Afghanistan to facilities where torture was rife. Since then, the Canadian government has avoided all accountability. This is our unfinished business.
The article is based on a joint report of the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), authored by Omar Sabry, entitled Torture and Afghan Detainees: Canada’s Alleged Complicity and the Need for a Public Enquiry.
For the full article, click on the image below:
The second article, An Unholy Alliance: Canada and Saudi Arabia, is a reprise of a piece that originally appeared in Embassy News in January 2015. Canada’s massive $15-billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia is back in the news after Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau raised the abysmal Saudi human rights record during the Munk Leaders’ debate on Foreign Policy and Global Issues.
Considering their human rights record and history of oppression of peaceful dissidents, Mason argues that the arms deal should be cancelled.
Stephen Harper’s response following the debate was to allege that the sale involved mere “transport vehicles,” not armaments.
For the full article, click here. For our Instagram coverage of Harper’s brazen attempt to disguise the true nature of the deal, click on the image below: