Europe praises Canada’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty

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A Canadian flag flies at the Canadian embassy in Beijing, China, 15 January 2019. A Chinese court issued a death sentence to Robert Lloyd Schellenberg of Canada for drug smuggling. On 14 January 2019, following an appeal, a high court in Dalian city changed the man's previous 15 years in prison sentence for drug smuggling and sentenced him to death, saying his previous sentence was too lenient, according to media reports. The ruling comes during a diplomatic row between Canada and China after Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, an executive for Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, at the request of the USA.

Europe praises Canada’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty


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The European Union praised Canada’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty in a statement, saying:
“Canada has become the 104th State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty after depositing its instrument of ratification to the Secretary General of the United Nations on 19 June 2019.
By acceding to the ATT, Canada is contributing to the advancement of the ATT’s objective to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and ammunition and prevent their diversion.”

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