Responding to the global refugee crisis – What can Canada do?
The crisis in Syria and its spillover effects, such as the flow of refugees, are reminders that conflicts and their consequences are rarely contained to one geographic area of the world. Simply ignoring conflicts does not make them go away. Indeed, as the European governments are discovering it only leads to compounding humanitarian crises. However, it would be a mistake to see the current refugee crisis as solely a European issue to tackle. Read more >
Seventy years after Hiroshima, it’s high time to ban the bomb
More than 45 years after the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty came into force, more than a quarter-century after the end of the Cold War, and seven decades after the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, some states still consider serious work toward nuclear abolition premature. More than 15,000 nuclear warheads remain in existence, many of which are tens of times more powerful than the ones that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nearly 2,000 are on high-alert status, ready to be launched within minutes, thereby exacerbating the risk of their deliberate or accidental use. This situation must change. Read more >
Civil society statement on outer space security
Delivered by Cesar Jaramillo to the First Committee of the United Nations General.
Nearly six decades into the space age, it is increasingly clear that the precepts and underlying assumptions of existing space law fall short of addressing the drastically changed reality of outer space activities today. While there is widespread agreement to pursue measures that minimize the likelihood of unintentional interference with space assets during peaceful operations, we are greatly concerned that discussions related to space weaponization and the prevention of an arms race in outer space have yet to gain sufficient traction. Read more >
Open Letter to the Prime Minister on Saudi arms deal authorization
We, the undersigned, wish to express our profound concerns about the issuance of export permits for Canada’s multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia, despite the flagrant incompatibilities of this contract with the human rights safeguards of our export controls. More
News: Saudi arms deal
On April 26, 10 a.m. at The Charles Lynch Theatre, 130 S Centre Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, human rights, development, and arms control groups, including Project Ploughshares, Amnesty International Canada, Rideau Institute, Canadian Council for International Cooperation, and the Group of 78 will call on Prime Minister Trudeau to stop the sale of Light Armoured Vehicles to Saudi Arabia. More
The Big, Fat Saudi-Arms-Deal Spin
April 18 By Cesar Jaramillo
According to Prime Minister Trudeau, proceeding with the multi-billion dollar arms deal with human rights violator Saudi Arabia is “a matter of principle.” When have we heard this before? Ah yes, the previous government. More