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Report Notes: Rights Record and Saudi Arabia

report notes: The bipartisan groups have been conducting similar studies in the run-up to elections in other countries, including the 2020 presidential campaign in the United States, amid mounting evidence of foreign interference in recent elections in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The report notes that Canada has imposed sanctions on Russia, infuriated Saudi Arabia by criticizing its human rights record and is in the midst of a diplomatic war with China over the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on an extradition request from the U.S. Given those disputes and the fact that Canada is a member of NATO and the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, the report suggests it's likely that foreign adversaries may seek to interfere in the coming election to further their own interests, damage Canada's reputation or undermine democracy, according to Vancouver Courier. The most pervasive concern in the 2019 Canadian federal election will likely be disinformation campaigns that undermine social cohesion by amplifying extremist narratives and discrediting leaders, the report says. But the report says this country needs to do more to regulate social media giants and should impose major sanctions on those that fail to control fake news and other forms of disinformation on their platforms.article continues below Trending Stories Scorpion gives birth after travelling to Canada in Vancouver woman's luggage Vancouver weather forecast calling for risk of thunderstorms tonight Controversial Vancouver restaurant Escobar has suddenly closed Multiple restaurants are down for the dumplings The report is part of a series of assessments conducted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Transatlantic Commission on Elections Integrity for the Alliance of Democracies Federation. It notes that there is already evidence linking Russia, Iran and Venezuela to Twitter accounts used to amplify extremist views on contentious issues, such as pipelines and immigration. The government has also beefed up election laws related to unauthorized use of computers and given the commissioner of elections stronger powers to investigate suspected violations and to enforce the law. The report lauds the Trudeau government for taking steps to guard against foreign interference, including prohibiting advocacy groups from using foreign money to fund election-related campaigns and requiring social media companies to keep a public registry of all online political ads posted on their platforms. ( As reported in the news.