Canada must resist U.S. efforts to further undermine the Iran nuclear deal

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News, Nuclear Weapons

The Iran nuclear deal has long been derided by U.S. President Donald Trump, whose actions have already jeopardized some of the concrete security dividends of the hard-won agreement. But his latest move constitutes a clear affront to international law that must be rejected, especially by countries like Canada that express strong support for a rules-based multilateral order. A flexible view …

Human rights must be safeguarded while fighting coronavirus

Cesar Jaramillo Emerging Technologies, Featured

As global anxiety grows about the profound impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it may seem that no stone should be left unturned to resolve it. But governments’ use of technology presents clear risks of misuse and abuse. As the crisis unfolds, the methods used by states to tackle it will demand careful public scrutiny, rooted on legitimate expectations of enhanced transparency.

Amid COVID crisis, Canada lifts moratorium on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Cesar Jaramillo Conventional Weapons, Featured, News

On April 10, GAC issued an official statement in support of a global ceasefire, in response to the high-profile appeal on March 23 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The day before, however, it had announced that it was lifting a moratorium on arms-export permits to Saudi Arabia, one of the worst violators of human and women’s rights on the planet.

Arms control diplomacy a worrying casualty of COVID-19

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

Even though multilateral arms control and disarmament efforts are of critical importance every year, the international security landscape was at a particularly troubling juncture just before the pandemic, not least because of risks associated with nuclear weapons.

A race to the bottom on migration

Cesar Jaramillo Africa, Asia, Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration

The European Union has recently weakened protections for migrants under the guise of cooperation, writes Cesar Jaramillo, warning of a downward trend. Mere hours before 100 African migrants drowned off the coast of Libya on June 29, European Union leaders appeared cautiously optimistic about a key agreement on migration struck at a two-day EU summit in Brussels. But the deal, which calls for the establishment …

Re-affirming City of Toronto as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Featured, News, Nuclear Weapons

The following comments refer to the April 16, 2018 Board of Health meeting on item 2018.HL26.1: Re-affirming City of Toronto as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone. As Executive Director of Project Ploughshares, a Canadian group that has conducted research on nuclear disarmament for more than four decades, I add my full and unequivocal support to item 2018.HL26.1, now under consideration by …

Yemen In The Time Of Cholera

Cesar Jaramillo Armed Conflicts, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Featured, Mideast, News

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

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Featured, News

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 …

We did it!

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

Thanks to you. In honour of our 40th anniversary, Project Ploughshares launched a special fundraising initiative: $40,000 for our 40th. Today, we reached our goal. Thank you to all who contributed.  The funds will be used to augment the communications and computing infrastructure of Ploughshares and to enhance our outreach to new constituencies, particularly students and youth. These innovations will …

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

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Featured

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 …