A new wave of controversy is dogging the Liberal government, when picture and video surfaced showing that Saudis – a country with dismal human rights record, was using combat machines made in Canada against its Shia population. The evidence has come to light after the Liberal government claimed that the combat vehicles in the $15 billion arm export deal approved last year would not be used against civilians in the country.
The apparent use of Canadian made armoured vehicles by the Saudis government against civilians has prompted an investigation by federal officials, and sparked condemnations and criticisms from opposition parties, human rights groups and media editorials alike.
The picture or video showing the violence of an autocratic regime is disturbing but hardly shocking. It conjures memories of columns of tanks proceeding in the Tiananmen Square incident, trying to crack down on the students’ democracy movement in 1989. At the time when 3000 students were protesting, 42 armoured vehicles, along with 2000 soldiers were ordered to sweep across the square, marking one of the most violent government suppressions against protests and innocent civilians in the world history.
此事件也表示中国虐待人权恶劣行径的升级，并导致了国际社会长达几十年对中国的武器禁运行动。六四事件发生后，美国总统乔治 沃克 布什宣布对中国实施军事制裁 – 包括停止与中国进行任何军事接触和技术转让。这一政策得到了西方国家的广泛支持，凸显出民主国家携手制裁专制政府侵犯人权的行径之意愿和决心。
The incident has also marketed the worst record of human abuse in China, sparking decades-long arm embargo deal from the international community. After the June 4th Incident, the US president George H.W. Bush announced military sanctions against China – including suspension of military contacts and technology transfers. The reaction gained widespread support from Western countries, highlighting a concerted sentiment and efforts by democratic societies to fight against human rights violations in an autocratic regime.
But Despite Canada’s weapon export control rules in place, a growing amount of Canada-made military weaponry heads into shaky territories. With a defence industry that creates thousands of jobs for the Canadian economy, the Liberal government with a strong economic-growth agenda has aggressively embraced opportunities to promote it. Stats show that between 2012 and 2013, Canada is hiking weapons shipment to foreign countries – including nations with dismal moral records, with both the power-hungry Saudis and the communist regime China buying a significant amount of military goods from Canadian suppliers.
Putting economic interest above human rights concerns, the Liberal government has eagerly pursued trade talks with Beijing. Its arm deal to the Saudi’s draws the public scrutiny, at the time when it gives the greenlight to the Chinese acquisition deal of Canada’s Norsat company – the supplier to the US military. The deal has revealed the Ottawa’s willingness to embrace economic opportunities with the worlds’ second largest economy at any costs – even by sacrificing the national security interest of its mort important ally. It has also shown that Ottawa disrespects Western nations’ military sanctions against China, which includes suspension of transferring military technologies to the country.
Apparently, selling military weaponry to a country infamous for its gross human rights violations has opened old wounds for Chinese immigrants who fled an abusive regime and sought refuge in Canada. It will erode their confidence in a country with its global image of peace and a strong voice of human rights protection.
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