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 …

Fortress Europe

Tasneem Jamal Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration Leave a Comment

Understanding the June 2018 EU migration deal Following two days of fraught negotiations, EU leaders reached a key agreement on migration on June 29 that aims to alleviate rising tensions over the handling of the arrival of migrants on European shores. The electoral victories of right-wing, populist candidates—some, on an openly hostile anti-immigration agenda—have catapulted this issue to the forefront of …

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 …

ATT: Working Group on Effective Treaty Implementation

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Statement delivered by Cesar Jaramillo on behalf of Control Arms May 29, 2018 Geneva, Switzerland Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 2 Summer 2018  Thank you, Chair. Control Arms recognizes the value of full and robust compliance with the Treaty in its entirety as the key measure of its effectiveness. At this time, however, we want to draw special attention …

Statement to the 2018 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons 1 Comment

Delivered by Cesar Jaramillo on behalf of Project Ploughshares April 25, 2018 Geneva, Switzerland Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 2 Summer 2018  Thank you, Chair. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has been instrumental to address matters related to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. But it has failed to deliver on the goal of nuclear …

JCPOA: A deal undone

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In a widely expected move, on May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the immediate U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal) and the imposition of increasingly stringent economic sanctions against Iran. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 2 Summer 2018 by Cesar Jaramillo Not once in a 10-minute address did he point to a …

Call for independent review into use of Canadian-made armoured vehicles in Saudi Arabia

Ploughshares Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Featured, Mideast, News

A coalition of human rights and arms control groups sent a letter to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, related to the report released by Global Affairs in May 2018 concerning allegations that Canadian-made military exports were used against civilians last year by the Saudi Arabian armed forces. The report revealed major shortcomings both in the investigation of the …

EVENT – Nukes and the Nobel: A Conversation with Setsuko Thurlow

Ploughshares Event, News, Nuclear Weapons

Join us for a conversation with 2017 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and world-renowned nuclear ban advocate Setsuko Thurlow. Conrad Grebel University College has nominated Setsuko for an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) from the University of Waterloo for her outstanding contribution to society as an advocate for peace and nuclear disarmament. Setsuko will be joining us for this event …

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 …

Canada and Saudi Arabia: An arms deal no matter what

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

Seven months after disturbing footage appeared to show Canadian-made armoured vehicles being used against civilians in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Global Affairs Canada announced the results of the investigation it launched into the alleged abuses. Addressing the House Foreign Affairs Committee in February, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that there was “no conclusive evidence” that Canadian equipment had been …