National Newswatch

Peter MacKay signed off on Hassan Diab extradition with no guarantee officials would monitor trial, documents show

Oct 25 2018 — Michelle Zilio — When he was justice minister in 2014, Peter MacKay signed off on Hassan Diab’s extradition to France without any guarantees that consular officials would monitor the Canadian academic’s high-profile trial and despite concerns he could face an unfair process in the European country. Mr. Diab, an Ottawa sociology professor, went on to spend three years […]

Germany freezes arms exports to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi’s death

Oct 22 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Germany is freezing arms exports to Saudi Arabia as Riyadh faces a growing chorus of international condemnation over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate and near-universal disbelief over the kingdom’s shifting explanations for his death. Leaders in the world’s capitals, from Washington to Berlin to Ottawa, lined up on the […]

Experts, advocates call on Trudeau to declare Rohingya crisis genocide

Sep 18 2018 — Michelle Zilio — More than 100 legal experts, civil-society organizations and human-rights advocates are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government to declare the violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar genocide. In a letter to Mr. Trudeau on Monday, the signatories called on the Liberal government to “live up to Canada’s international legal obligations under the […]

Human-rights lawyer Cotler asks Trudeau to consider granting Saudi political prisoner permanent residency

Aug 30 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Renowned international human-rights lawyer and former Liberal Justice minister Irwin Cotler is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider giving Raif Badawi permanent residency, as a part of a larger effort to free the high-profile Saudi political prisoner. Mr. Cotler made the pitch to the Prime Minister during a meeting on Parliament Hill Thursday, where […]

More former Liberal cabinet ministers urge government to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary Canadian citizenship

Aug 30 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Two more former Liberal cabinet ministers have joined calls for the federal government to strip Myanmar’s embattled de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of her honorary Canadian citizenship, despite concerns the move could harm Canada’s efforts to help resolve the Rohingya crisis. Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock said it is time for the Liberal […]