The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2009 Volume 30 Issue 3
In July the Canadian government quietly released its latest report on military goods exports. It revealed that Canada exported military equipment worth $360.4-million to 68 states during 2006. Six of the recipient states were involved in armed conflict (and concomitant human rights violations) and for an additional five there were reputable reports of serious violations of human rights by state forces.
However, the published detail is insufficient for a public assessment of the risks of specific transfers. In fact, the level of report transparency remains a major problem and this new publication is no improvement over the previous report in terms of detail.