Reflecting on current problems and possible solutions

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By Sonal Marwah and Michelle Ball* On June 20, we celebrate World Refugee Day. The occasion focuses attention on the plight of refugees and displaced people around the world, but also celebrates their strength and perseverance as they build new lives. It is a time to remember that today, one in every 113 people on Earth has been forced to …

Project Ploughshares: Our 2018 Plan

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Last year was remarkably active for virtually all Project Ploughshares program areas—and 2018 is turning out to be at least as busy. From unscrupulous arms transfers that fuel human rights violations to troubling forced migration patterns that continue to test the international community’s ability to respond, from efforts to proactively regulate the development and deployment of autonomous weapons systems to …

The changing nature of war, forced displacement, and global disarmament

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Academics and researchers have noted a marked change in the nature of wars since the 1990s; interstate or international wars have largely been replaced by intrastate or civil wars. Intrastate wars are often more intense and drag on for years—even decades. They involve a multiplicity of actors, including ever-evolving coalitions and splintering of non-state armed groups or irregular combatants with …

Event: The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

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Join us as for a free public event to mark Refugee Rights Day. When: Tuesday April 10 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow Where: Grebel gallery (4th floor), Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo FREE ADMISSION Register at An interdisciplinary panel of experts and practitioners from the United States and Canada will discuss the Canada-U.S. …

Save the date: April 10, 2018

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Special public engagement event to mark Refugee Rights Day (April 4) Implications of the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States Legal challenge Expert assessments Personal stories Where: Grebel gallery at Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 RSVP: Sonal Marwah at

Event: Ploughshares’ Women, Peace and Security Series

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Roundtable Discussion on Violence, Migration and Women Featuring Carla Angulo-Pasel and introduction by Cesar Jaramillo, Director of Project Ploughshares. When: March 8, 2018 10:00-11:30 AM Where: Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 1-31 We invite you to join us in marking International Women’s Day 2018 with a discussion about the impact of violence on migrant women and the way these …

The legal challenge to the Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

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By Sonal Marwah and Deborah Mebude On July 5, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR); The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), of which Project Ploughshares is an operating division; and Amnesty International (AI) launched a case in the Federal Court of Canada to challenge the designation of the United States as a “safe third country” for refugees as this designation …

Federal Court grants organizations standing in legal challenge of Safe Third Country Agreement

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Media Release En français 12 December 2017 The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) welcomed the order made yesterday by the Federal Court granting the organizations public interest standing, in the legal challenge of the designation of the United States as a safe third country for refugees. The Court’s order came …

Q&A:The journey of an ‘irregular’ refugee claimant to Canada

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‘Mary” is a mother of three and a refugee claimant currently living in Toronto. Originally from Guinea, she went to the United States with her mother as a teenager, but never gained legal status there. After some years, she paid a smuggler to bring her and her children to Canada, to escape an abusive partner. She is currently awaiting a …

Is the Safe Third Country Agreement putting refugee claimants at risk?

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In December 2016, Razak Iyal (35) and Seidu Mohammed (24) attempted to cross irregularly into Manitoba from North Dakota. Before being rescued by a passing transport truck, they suffered severe frostbite that cost them their fingers. By June of this year, both men, originally from Ghana, had applied for refugee status in Canada. Why did Iyal and Mohammed undertake such …