Canada deplores the guilty verdict handed down to Russian political activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has been sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment in Russia for making legitimate political comments. This court ruling is yet another gross violation of Russia’s international human rights commitments.
Canada strongly condemns North Korea’s launch yesterday of an intercontinental ballistic missile. These continued advancements in their missile program and reckless provocations violate United Nations Security Council resolutions, undermine the region’s peace and security and are putting civilian lives at risk.
The Executive Group of the Media Freedom Coalition strongly condemns the Russian Federation's detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. The detention of journalists under the guise of espionage charges is troubling and undermines the basic principles of democracy and rule of law. Mr. Gershkovich is a widely respected journalist who has spent years reporting on events in Russia with insight and integrity.
Canada condemns the Myanmar regime’s dissolution of 40 political parties, including the National League for Democracy and Shan Nationalities League for Democracy. These clear attempts to undermine Myanmar’s democratic institutions and to silence opposition voices will only serve to deepen the ongoing crisis in Myanmar and delay the return to a fully democratic and inclusive Myanmar.
“Global Affairs Canada has a proven track record in supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in its international assistance. This was strengthened with the launch of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). In implementing the policy, Canada has substantially increased its investments in advancing gender equality..."
Since last year, North Korea has intensified its escalatory actions through a record number of ballistic missile launches and its continued irresponsible and destabilizing rhetoric regarding the use of nuclear weapons.