Update from General Assembly: International Affairs Committee

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The Rev. Dale Henry, Convenor, International Affairs Committee

The International Affairs Committee’s report draws the church’s attention to international issues, and particularly to the situation of vulnerable people. Assembly adopted recommendations to:

  • Encourage the Government of Canada to advocate the Government of Nicaragua to decriminalize therapeutic (deemed medically necessary for the health and well-being of the mother) abortion and express the General Assembly’s support and prayers for PWS&D partners in Nicaragua.
  • Affirm the Government of Canada’s humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya and inquire if they will impose sanctions on high-ranking Myanmar military officers and government officials complicit in gross human rights violations and if there are Canadian corporations operating in areas of Myanmar where there is conflict and human rights violations.
  • Affirm Canada’s participation in the Mali peacekeeping mission and that congregations pray for peacekeepers’ safety and well-being and for the people they protect.
  • Express concern about weaknesses in Bill C-47, which is intended to harmonize Canada’s laws with the Arms Trade Treaty, and encourage the inclusion of policies regarding arms exports to the United States that are consistent with the Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Request that the results of the Government of Canada’s investigation into allegations of Saudi Arabia’s use of Canadian-made vehicles against civilians in eastern Saudi Arabia, be made public.
  • Urge that Canada adopt and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the Ban Treaty) and express gratitude to ecumenical partner Project Ploughshares for its research and advocacy to promote nuclear disarmament and abolition, and to congratulate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Encourage the Government of Canada to exclude products made in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank from the benefits of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
  • Respond to an overture requesting that the PCC dialogue with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan regarding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The initiative in this dialogue should continue to come from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.
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