Friday, July 08, 2005


Dear Prime Minister,

I call on the government of Canada to do its part to create effective controls on the trade of weapons by:

- Reforming Canadian law to require permits or licenses for all military and security exports from Canada to their final destination, including the United States.

- Ensuring that the assessment of permit or license applications for all countries includes a more rigourous analysis of the impact on human rights.

- Undertaking faster action towards the ratification and implementation of two key international conventions related to small arms to which it is signatory: the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials and the UN Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition. Three more years is too long to wait.

- Supporting the development of a global Arms Trade Treaty in time for the 2006 United Nations conference on small arms.


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