Canada remains silent on illegal Canadian weapons in Libya

Kelsey Gallagher Featured

On October 5, under mounting pressure from civil society and the Armenian diaspora community, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) suspended exports of Canadian-made L3Harris WESCAM surveillance and targeting sensors to Turkey. These sensors had been found on Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) that were illicitly diverted to Azerbaijan by ally Turkey for use in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

SPECIAL REPORT – Killer optics: Exports of WESCAM sensors to Turkey

Kelsey Gallagher Conventional Weapons, Featured

Since 2017, Turkey has been a major customer for WESCAM products, second only to the United States. During this time, the Turkish military has not only been active in trying to put down an insurgency in southeast Turkey, but has become increasingly involved in armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

Canada redefines the Libya arms embargo

Kenneth Epps Africa, Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

Joël-Denis Bellavance, a reporter with La Press in Montreal, published an article today dealing with Canada’s approval in April of the export of a suitcase-sized drone to the rebel forces in Libya. The export was made in contravention of the UN embargo on supplying arms to Libya. Bellavance based his story on related documents, heavily blacked out, secured through the …

Familiar Opening Scenes: Libya is rid of Gadhafi, but will Canadian Forces soon be bogged down in another Afghanistan?

John Siebert Africa, Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Mideast

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 It may be churlish to begrudge Prime Minister Harper some self-congratulatory hyperbole for the Canadian military’s contribution to the civil war in Libya. On August 21, the rebel forces, supported by NATO airstrikes since March, swept the capital of Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi and his regime were no longer …

Don’t Close Chapter on Libya, Yet

John Siebert Africa, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert Published by the Waterloo Region Record It may be churlish to begrudge Prime Minister Stephen Harper some self-congratulatory hyperbole for the Canadian military’s contribution to the civil war in Libya. On Aug. 21, the rebel forces, supported by NATO airstrikes, swept the capital of Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi and his regime were no longer in control of most …

Canada and the UN Arms Embargo on Libya

Tasneem Jamal Africa, Americas, Conventional Weapons

Open letter to Canada’s Foreign Minister August 30, 2011 The Honourable John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs 125 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2 Re: Canada and the UN Arms Embargo on Libya Dear Minister, I am writing to seek clarification on Canada’s legal interpretation and reported approval of the recent delivery of a Canadian-made surveillance drone to forces in …

Target Libya: Can air strikes protect civilians?

John Siebert Africa, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2011 Volume 32 Issue 2 In the space of a few short weeks in February and March 2011 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) took the leap from diplomatic and economic preventive measures to sanctioning military intervention in Libya based on Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principles. Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from U.S. and …

Libya and R2P

John Siebert Africa, Americas, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 11-2 Author John Siebert The NATO implementation of a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians, which began on March 19, has now explicitly morphed into regime change by bombing runs. The intensive daylight bombing of Tripoli on June 7 and recent statements by Canadian government ministers confirm the fundamental confusion between the goals of civilian protection and regime change. …