14 April 2017

News Story: Canada prepares to join Arms Trade Treaty

OTTAWA, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland Thursday said the Canadian government will introduce legislation so Canada can join the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

The landmark ATT, regulating the international trade in conventional arms - from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships - entered into force on 24, December 2014.

"The Arms Trade Treaty can set a real global standard, and thereby help prevent human rights abuses and protect lives. Canada's existing system of export controls meets most of the treaty's thresholds, and this legislation will set our standards in law," Freeland said

She also said Canada must continue to encourage other countries to join this treaty and must ensure it is properly implemented globally.

Read the full story at Xinhua