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 …

Event: Research for Peace

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Join the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement as we explore peace research involving both our campus and our world. WPIRG will be highlighting connections between research at the University of Waterloo and military applications, and Project Ploughshares will be sharing findings from their most recent annual Armed Conflicts Report. FREE EVENT WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday January 31 WHERE: Community …

On the Saudi arms deal authorization

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An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada: Your government’s authorization of this deal casts serious doubt over Canada’s readiness to abide by the legally binding obligations and intent of the Arms Trade Treaty, which Canada has announced it will join in the near future.   April 25, 2016 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of …

Ploughshares in the news: January 2016

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January 18, 2016 January 4 The Globe and Mail: Ottawa going ahead with Saudi arms deal despite condemning executions (quotes Cesar) By Steven Chase January 5 The Globe and Mail: Critics push Ottawa to explain justification for Saudi arms deal (quotes Ken) By Steven Chase Common Dreams.org (progressive news hub): Canada Condemns Saudi Executions, But Arms Sales Speak Louder Than Words (quotes “Ploughshares”) …

What we know about the $14.8-billion deal to provide Canadian-made military equipment to Saudi Arabia

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 3 Autumn 2015 10 Facts The largest arms exports contract in Canadian history will see Canadian-made military equipment shipped to one of the worst human rights violators in the world—Saudi Arabia. This will happen despite an existing export control regime specifically intended to prevent Canadian goods from fuelling human rights violations abroad. …

Canada and the Global Arms Trade

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Project Ploughshares, in partnership with the MSCU Centre for Peace advancement, Conrad Grebel University College and St. Jerome’s University, presents: “Canada and the Global Arms Trade: How weapons exports may fuel human rights violations and armed conflict” When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 21st ( UN-established International Day of Peace) Where: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages, University of Waterloo Chair …

Arms sale to Saudi Arabia lowers the bar on export controls

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 2 Summer 2015 By any modern standard, Saudi Arabia is a human rights pariah. Yet the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Crown corporation, has brokered a deal to supply $15-billion worth of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to the autocratic kingdom over the next decade, in what is by far the largest military export contract …

Ploughshares in the news

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May-June 2015 The Globe and Mail Kenneth Epps quoted:“Canada not tracking Saudi rights record despite $15-billion arms deal” Cesar Jaramillo quoted:“Human rights advocates blast arms deal with Saudi Arabia” Cesar Jaramillo quoted: “Ottawa aims to keep lid on details of Saudi arms deal” Cesar Jaramillo quoted: “Head of Crown agency calls Middle East ‘strategic region’ for arms sales” La Presse Cesar …