War in Yemen: A litmus test of the Arms Trade Treaty

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In March 2015, following a long political crisis in Yemen in which all parties resorted to violence,  Houthi rebels seized the capital Sana’a, triggering the collapse of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s internationally recognized government. Hadi fled into exile. On March 24, Hadi requested external military intervention from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). A coalition of Gulf Arab states, led …

Canada and Saudi Arabia: An arms deal no matter what

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Seven months after disturbing footage appeared to show Canadian-made armoured vehicles being used against civilians in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Global Affairs Canada announced the results of the investigation it launched into the alleged abuses. Addressing the House Foreign Affairs Committee in February, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that there was “no conclusive evidence” that Canadian equipment had been …

We cannot and do not support Bill C-47 in its current form

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Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development— November 2, 2017 By Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares Good afternoon. My name is Cesar Jaramillo and I am the executive director of Project Ploughshares. Thank you very much for the kind invitation to address this Committee. For decades, efforts to better regulate illicit or …

Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

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Free public film screening, followed by a Q&A with arms trade expert and author Andrew Feinstein and the Executive Director of Project Ploughshares Cesar Jaramillo. Wednesday, November 1, 2017  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Auditorium, Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb St. Waterloo Limited seating. To RSVP and for more information, visit BSIA: www.balsillieschool.ca Hosted by the Balsillie School of …

Yemen In The Time Of Cholera

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The country is experiencing the world’s largest epidemic, and it has everything to do with the Arms Trade Treaty. A sudden onset of severe diarrhea is usually the first symptom. Rapid fluid loss often leads to life-threatening dehydration. If left untreated, certain strains can cause death within hours. Those who survive initial symptoms must endure repeated vomiting, low blood pressure, …

Canada Can’t Keep Denying It Ought To Scrap Saudi Arms Deal

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Since the moment it was announced in 2014 by the Harper government, the multibillion-dollar Canadian arms export deal with human-rights pariah Saudi Arabia has been shrouded in controversy. Most recently it has come under renewed scrutiny following allegations that the Saudi regime used violence — and Canadian equipment — to repress civilians in the Eastern Province. Through it all, Ottawa’s handling of …

Canada’s ATT Legislation Has A Loophole You Could Drive A Tank Through

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Canadian military exports to the United States have long been exempted from licensing and reporting requirements applicable to every other destination. Not even Canada enjoys the same latitude it affords its southern neighbour.  As indicated in the annual Report on Exports of Military Goods from Canada, most military exports destined for the United States are exempt from export permit requirements. Further, statistics related to …

Arms and forced displacement: Canada-Saudi arms deal

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The world is experiencing the highest level of forced displacement since World War II. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR 2016a), approximately 34,000 people are forcibly displaced daily by conflict and persecution. A trigger and driver of forced displacement is armed conflict, which is fueled, prolonged, and made deadlier by available, accessible weapons. And so weapons control, and particularly …

Canada’s ATT legislation: A loophole you could drive a tank through

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For years Project Ploughshares has had deep concerns about the arrangement under which Canada exports military goods to the United States. This arrangement, which has long exempted the United States from licensing and reporting requirements applicable to every other destination, undermines oft-repeated claims from successive governments about the strength of Canada’s military export controls regime. As stated in the annual …

Despite ruling, many questions on Saudi arms deal linger

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Two prime ministers and four ministers of foreign affairs later, Canada is still set to ship $15-billion of military equipment to human-rights pariah Saudi Arabia. This in spite of well-documented red flags and numerous unanswered questions about the process by which the deal cleared Canada’s military export controls. And notwithstanding yesterday’s Federal Court rejection of a bid to stop the …