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 …

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 …

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

Tasneem Jamal

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. …

Arms sale to Saudi Arabia lowers the bar on export controls

Tasneem Jamal

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

Tasneem Jamal News

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 …

Arms sale to Saudi Arabia lowers the bar on export controls

Tasneem Jamal

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published May 27, 2015 in The Globe and Mail 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’ data and public debate

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Project Ploughshares has been tracking Canadian military exports since its founding in 1976. It is painstaking work done mostly in the background. The purpose for collecting the data is to provide concrete examples on where military export policies or their implementation should be improved so that human rights and other humanitarian concerns are foremost in decision-makers minds. The recent flare …

Trading principles: How Canada’s pursuit of military exports has left a trail of secrecy and lax standards

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 15-1 Published February 5, 2015 Author Cesar Jaramillo On paper, Canada has “some of the strongest export controls in the world” (FATDC 2014). However, even if the provisions of Canada’s export safeguards are stringent, recent developments make them seem like little more than paper tigers. The sale of Canadian manufactured light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia is only the most …