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Canada forms coalition of 57 nations to speak out against arbitrary detentions | FULL

CA, 16 Feb 2021
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau on Monday answered media questions, speaking against arbitrary detentions around the world.

The briefing came as Canada has created a coalition with over 57 other countries to support a new international declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes.

Garneau also said this coalition's stance doesn’t just apply to one country. He made the comment after being asked about China taking this as a provocation.

The new declaration was born out of a year of behind-the-scenes international diplomacy, spearheaded by former foreign affairs minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.

Canada has sought global support to free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who are spending their 798th day in Chinese prisons today as of this writing.

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