Despite this, the groups charge, western nations continue to ignore the deadly impact of the arms trade.
Philippe Bolopion, deputy global advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said that “governments that arm Saudi Arabia have rejected or downplayed compelling evidence that the coalition’s airstrikes have killed hundreds of civilians in Yemen.”
“By continuing to sell weapons to a known violator that has done little to curtail its abuses,” Bolopion continued, “the U.S., UK, and France risk being complicit in unlawful civilian deaths.”
“The irresponsible and unlawful flow of arms to the warring parties in Yemen has directly contributed to civilian suffering on a mass scale,” Lynch continued. “It’s time for world leaders to stop putting their economic interests first, and for the UN Security Council to impose a full, comprehensive embargo on transfers of arms for use in Yemen.”
The call came the same day that a University of Montreal professor, with support from his students, filed a lawsuit in Federal Court arguing that the Trudeau government is failing to uphold both Canadian export law and the Geneva Conventions by going ahead with a $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
“The armoured vehicles to be delivered by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to Saudi Arabia may be used against the civilian population and therefore, the issuance of export permits … would not respect the guidelines Canada imposed on itself and would be contrary to the Geneva Conventions Act,” states the application for judicial review, which was filed by Dr. Daniel Turp, a professor of international and constitutional law. “For those reasons, issuing those permits would be illegal.”
As the Globe and Mail reports, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stood by the massive contract, which was signed by the former Harper government, saying Canada’s reputation as a fair dealer would be injured if Ottawa walked away from a signed deal.”
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