Arms sales, murder, and the illusion of firmness

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Featured, Mideast Leave a Comment

While the Jamal Khashoggi murder illustrated the Saudi regime’s contempt for human rights and warranted intense media attention, it was only the latest incident in a consistent pattern of repression and human-rights violations at home and abroad.

Time for answers: Letter to Trudeau on the Saudi arms deal

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The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 4 March 2019 Re: Canada’s Export of Light Armoured Vehicles to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, The undersigned, representing a cross-section of Canadian civil society organizations focused on arms controls, human rights, international security, humanitarian assistance …

GCR‘s whole-of-society approach to refugee protection: The unique complexities of South Asia

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Here is the final piece in a four-part series on the Global Compact on Refugees. Follow the links below to read the previous articles: Part 1: The Global Compacts: A Primer Part 2: Delivering on the Global Compact on Refugees Part 3: Canada and the Global Compact on Refugees December 6, 2018 By Ishita Kumar and Nayantara Raja Despite a …

The War in Yemen: 2011-2018: The elusive road to peace

Sonal Marwah Asia, Defence & Human Security, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration, Mideast Leave a Comment

              Working paper 18-1 November 2018 By Sonal Marwah and Tom Clark Executive summary The United Nations (UN) has played a key role in most recent peace processes, but has not, thus far, been an effective force for peace in Yemen, which is now the site of one of the world’s bloodiest internationalized civil …

Q&A: Women and Yemen’s peace process

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

The following is a conversation with Rasha Jarum, founder and director of Peace Track Initiative, on the efforts to secure more meaningful involvement and representation for women in the process to restore peace in Yemen. Ms. Jarum is from South Yemen and has more than 16 years’ experience working on human rights and gender issues. Sonal Marwah spoke with her in August. …

Syria: Fractured by war

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No war in recent history has been as divisive as the war in Syria. In addition to fracturing Syrian society, it has galvanized, polarized, and even radicalized those who have reported on it. While President Bashar al-Assad’s cheerleading squad has brought together an amalgamation of unlikely supporters, ranging from White Nationalists to Shia militants, the advocates of regime change have …

In Saudi crisis, a legacy for Canada

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Featured, Mideast Leave a Comment

A routine tweet in August from Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, calling for the release of imprisoned activists in Saudi Arabia, has presented the Trudeau government with a golden opportunity to cement its human rights legacy and to affirm Canada’s principled stand globally. The incident could mark a defining political moment for Mr. Trudeau. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 3 …

Pakistan (1992 – first combat deaths)

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Pakistan (1992 – first combat deaths)     The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of Pakistan, supported by the Pakistani Armed Forces and the country’s intelligence agency, versus the Taliban, al-Qaeda and various militant groups. There is also fighting among different regional militant groups. Groups such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda often target civilians. What …

Afghanistan (1978 – first combat deaths)

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Last Updated: January 11, 2019 The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the country’s military – known as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and combatants fighting under NATO are attempting to govern the multiplicity of disparate tribal areas that make up the country. They are opposed by …

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 …