An intelligence operation in Canada has placed diplomats in a legal area of uncertainty, according to a report.

A watchdog report states that Canada’s foreign affairs ministry is running a controversial intelligence-gathering program without proper safeguards to protect its officers abroad. The program, known as the global security reporting program (GSRP), operates in countries with poor human rights records, such as China, India, and Egypt. The report highlights the lack of adequate training for officers and the absence of risk assessment and security protocols. It also warns that officers may face retaliatory measures from receiving states once their diplomatic immunity is no longer in effect. The report emphasizes the need for the program to adhere to the principles of the Vienna convention, which ensures the safety and independence of diplomats. Canada has accepted the recommendations from the report and is implementing them.

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