States Parties NPT Reports: Russia

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Europe, Nuclear Weapons

VI of the Treaty.

 

2003

Statement by the delegation of the Russian Federation at the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, 1116-08-05-2003.

 

2002 Statement by the delegation of the Russian Federation at the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. 2002 NPT Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) 8 – 19 April 2002, New York, April 8, 2002.

Statement of the delegation of the Russian Federation at the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 NPT Review Conference under Article VI of the Treaty (New York,…

India – Northeast (1979 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

…governments have used discriminatory policies in an attempt to assimilate historically autonomous groups into mainstream Indian society. After the partition of Pakistan, many indigenous groups, especially Bengalis, feared that the influx of migrants would cause them to lose their cultural identities. To minimize central government interference, rebel groups have sought greater autonomy in their respective regions. In recent years, some have signed agreements with the government aimed at peaceful compromise. However infighting between rebel factions has prolonged the insurgency.

When (has fighting occurred): Regional tensions began when India became independent in 1947. These tensions were intensified by an influx of migrants following the 1971 secession of Bangladesh from Pakistan. Rebel groups have responded to invasive central government policies with low-level…

Talking to Iran about Nuclear Nonproliferation

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2008 Volume 29 Issue 3

Last March Project Ploughshares hosted a roundtable on Nuclear Issues in Relation to Iran. It was organized in cooperation with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the Ottawa Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 24 participants included officials and scholars from Iran and from the Embassy of Iran. Canadian participants included former officials and diplomats, academics, and members of the NGO community, while the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa provided assistance and facilities. The discussions were conducted on a not-for-attribution basis to facilitate a free and frank exchange of ideas. It was jointly chaired by William Janzen of the Mennonite Central Committee

A Report on the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security

Tasneem Jamal

Authors Sarah Estabooks and Lynne Griffiths-Fulton

The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2005 Volume 26 Issue 4

The First Committee of the UN General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security meets every year for four or five weeks in October, after the United Nations General Assembly General Debate. Here we provide updates on debates and decisions regarding nuclear weapons, space security and small arms.

CD Resolution

As in so many UN meetings, the events happening inside the meeting room at the recent First Committee were overshadowed by discussions in the hallways and nearby missions about a proposed resolution to overcome the paralysis of the Conference on Disarmament (CD). The draft resolution was sponsored by Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, and Sweden

Witness for peace: Chronicling the role of the Canadian churches in shaping public policy over the past 40 years

Tasneem Jamal

…witness of Canadian churches,” which can be found in The Ecumenist: A journal of theology, culture, and history, Vol. 52, No. 1, Winter 2015, pp. 1-10. Paul Heidebrecht is Director of the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Jennifer Wiebe is Director of the Ottawa office of Mennonite Central Committee. This article is derived from “Keeping the Faith? Tracing the struggle to amplify the peace witness of Canadian churches,” which can be found in The Ecumenist: A journal of theology, culture, and history, Vol. 52, No. 1, Winter 2015, pp. 1-10. Paul Heidebrecht is Director of the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Jennifer Wiebe is…

Humanitarian disarmament: Putting people first

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the Ottawa Treaty and its implementation. Jennifer Wiebe (2017), director of Mennonite Central Committee Ottawa, concurred: “Far from ‘being back’, Canada seems to be inching backwards on disarmament.”

At least one international campaigner said, “We really need Canada back as a champion; it is surprising to see their current approach.” If for no other reason, the Canadian government should be motivated by the understanding that it will be competing for the 2021 UN Security Council seat against countries such as Ireland and Norway.

An important reminder

Disarmament is not currently a priority, even in leading international civil society organizations. The disarmament machinery at the United Nations is slow and often deadlocked.

But ICAN’s Nobel Prize, symbolically shared with Forum participants…

A Witness to Militarism: Project Ploughshares turns 20

Tasneem Jamal

…completed a three-year Mennonite Central Committee (Canada) study assignment in southern Africa while Murray was at the time the executive director of CUSO. Within a few months, Ploughshares and the United Church group CANDA (Canadian Defence Alternatives) amalgamated, adding the exploration of alternative, less militaristic national security strategies to the project’s mandate.

The project’s strategy was to work in two concurrent phases. The first built a resource base through the study and research of defence policy and the arms trade with an emphasis on Canada, while the second focussed on developing alternative policies and, through public education programs, gaining support for these policies.

In 1977, Ploughshares officially became a coalition of The Canadian Council of Churches. This was a unique…

States Parties NPT Reports: France

Tasneem Jamal Europe, Nuclear Weapons

Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 NPT Review Conference (New York, May 4-15, 2009), “Chapter 3”, May 8th, 2009.

Nuclear Disarmament: France’s Practical Commitment, working paper submitted by France, NPT /CONF/2010/PC.III/WP.36, May 13th, 2009. Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Third Session, New York, 4-15 May 2009.

Nuclear Disarmament: A Concrete Step by France, visit to France’s former fissile material production facilities for nuclear weapons, working paper submitted by France, NPT/CONF.2010/PC.III/WP.37, May 13th 2009. Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Third Session, New York, 4-15 May 2009.

 

2008

Statement by H.E….

Mali (2012 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Africa, Armed Conflicts

…Tuareg rebels, jihadist groups, and the central government. Arms continued to spread in central Mali and Fulani herdsmen fought members of the Bambara ethnic group. Al-Qaeda (AQIM) and other jihadist groups benefitted from the decay of the Tuareg rebel alliance. They staged attacks on Malian troops and participated in kidnappings, but also provided basic security in some areas ( Reuters ). Some elites and local authorities supported community-based, self-defence militias as a way to combat external threats ( International Crisis Group ). Malian soldiers and local authorities were seen retreating from rural areas in central Mali that were attacked by jihadists groups and armed bandits. This, combined with reports of excessive force by Malian soldiers and police, led to a…

Report on an International NGO Consultation on Small Arms Action

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…to be established to help to provide the required services for network members, and to help the Facilitating Committee to build the capacity and pursue the goals of the Network.

The Secretariat should operate in a way that strengthens decentralized capacity within the network. However, the extent to which it is itself decentralized will be determined by the Reference Group on the basis of recommendations from the Facilitating Committee, taking into account efficiency requirements and the extent to which distinctive and separate functional services are required from the Secretariat. Some international services may be provided by other organizations; for example, the dissemination, exchange and management of relevant public information amongst network members. The location(s) of the Secretariat will likewise be…