Sanctions busters are bad for business

Canadian armoured vehicle manufacturer Streit Group is being investigated for allegedly violating arms embargoes in Libya and Sudan. Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, commented in the Globe and Mail that the embargoes are clear-cut and that they actually benefit Canadian business.

“The reputation of our exports is derived, in large part, from their origin in a developed country with high standards, an advanced legal system and reliable enforcement mechanisms,” Byers wrote in an op-ed. “Streit Group’s alleged violations of arms embargoes in Libya and Sudan test the Canadian government’s commitment to the UN, the rule of law and good business practices. The RCMP must investigate and, if the allegations hold up, charges must be laid.”