Exporting Goods and Exporting Human Rights A Canadian Concept

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Canada has one of the most liberal, "tolerant, respectful and diverse societies" in today's world . It is a leading nation of today and therefore it must pave the path for the nations of tomorrow. Canada must secure its future as well as the future of its global peers. When entering foreign trade agreements, Canada should consider the human rights issues of those countries. However, they should not address human rights issue through sanctions and embargos.

The United States of America is one of Canada's major trading partners. U.S.A makes up 84.6 percent of our exports and 58.8 percent of imports in Canada which is a very significant amount. The United States is accused of many human rights violations not only in their own country but as well as in the countries of those that they occupy.

Iraq is a prime example of an occupied area where the United Sates has committed acts against the human rights code.

The war itself violated the all International human rights code. What took place in Abu Ghraib prison involving the humiliation of many Iraqi men was completely against many of the human rights code. These men were disgraced by being stripped naked and piled upon one another, they were also forced to commit sexual acts towards one another by the United States prison guards who claim the orders came from higher officials. Article 27 of the Fourth Geneva Convention clearly states that "Protected persons are entitled in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honor, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manner and customs. They shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and public curiosity". Further more, the Bush administration withdrew from...

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