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

Sonal Marwah Americas, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration, News

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 …

America first: What the U.S. National Security Strategy means for arms control in outer space

Jessica West Americas, Featured, News, Space Security

The new U.S. National Security Strategy promises to put America first, raising critical questions about the future of alliances and economic partnerships, as well as about how the international community will handle challenges such as climate change that require concerted cooperation. Perhaps more troubling are the implications for arms control in a strategy that emphasizes “peace through strength.” In particular, …

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

Ploughshares Americas, Forced Displacement and Migration

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 …

Colombia (1964 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Americas, Armed Conflicts

Last Updated: December 13, 2018 Who (are the main combatants): Historically the Colombian government and military, supported by the United States, have opposed left-wing guerrillas, especially the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). In 2016, the government and FARC, the largest rebel group, signed a historic peace treaty. However, right-wing paramilitary gangs remain a threat …

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

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Conventional Weapons, Featured

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 …

Disarming Security: Project Ploughshares and Canadian military export policy

Ploughshares Americas, Conventional Weapons

On February 14, 2015, Ed Fast, the former Canadian Minister of International Trade, helped announce the largest advanced manufacturing contract in Canadian history. A brilliant economic achievement on paper, the 14-year, multi-billion-dollar deal promised to directly benefit 500 Canadian companies, and continue an important trade alliance with a strategic ally. The only catch was that the deal was to manufacture …

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

Sonal Marwah Americas, Defence & Human Security, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration

‘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?

Sonal Marwah Americas, Forced Displacement and Migration

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 …

The costs of Canada’s indecisiveness on peacekeeping

Branka Marijan Americas, Defence & Human Security, Featured, News

In Vancouver on November 14-15, Canada will host the United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial forum —a key event for UN peacekeeping. One goal of the forum is to “elicit new pledges from Member States to close key capability gaps for UN peacekeeping operations.” Another is to build on the “3Ps (pledges, planning, performance) with an added emphasis on partnerships.” According …

Canadians among experts calling for UN action on killer robots

Branka Marijan Americas, Conventional Weapons, Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

On August 21, 116 robotics experts from 26 countries, including Canada, signed a letter calling for the United Nations to take action on the issue of lethal autonomous weapons systems, commonly known as killer robots. The letter comes at the start of the 2017 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Melbourne, Australia. An open letter signed by more …