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TakeAction for August 2017: Building peacekeeping

This month’s Take Action alert provides a ?way for you to support: Canada and UN peace operations: Unmet promises, delayed commitments … and a possible diplomatic train wreck! What you can do Write to Prime Minister Trudeau, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and ask them: ? Why is it taking so […]

July 17 is International Justice Day

The Rome Statute, the founding document of the International Criminal Court,?was adopted?on July 17,?1998 and ?International Justice Day (IJD) marks this day and acts as a reminder of?the importance of the ongoing?fight against impunity and the urgent need to?bring justice to?victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. “The strengthening of international ?criminal ?justice […]

TakeAction: Where is Canada’s peacekeeping plan?

On Tuesday June 6, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered an address in Parliament on Canada’s foreign policy priorities. And the following day, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjin released the results of the long-awaited Canada’s Defence Policy Review. As we have previously noted, following the 2015 election there were reasonable expectations that Canada would return […]

TakeAction for May 2017: Building Canada’s commitment to UN Peacekeeping

Later this month, on May 29, the international community will celebrate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Each year at this time the world recognizes the commitment of those current and former members of UN operations, as well as those who have died in the line of duty, helping the UN restore peace to […]

TakeAction: Canada and the rule of law

When the United States launched cruise missiles to bomb a Syrian airport, there were legitimate questions raised whether the action was in conformity with international law. According to the United Nations Charter, the use of armed force is permitted only in self defense (which has been interpreted to also include defense of an ally), or […]

TakeAction: An Ambassador for International Justice

Canada has been a longtime supporter for the International Criminal Court, and for the broader international justice agenda – bringing individuals, including military and political leaders, to account for atrocity crimes. So it was little surprise that news reports earlier this month carried stories of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould indicating that Canada would engage with […]

TakeAction: Maintaining the International Criminal Court as a Canadian priority

For over two decades, Canada and Canadians have played leading roles in the establishment and operations of the International Criminal Court. During the treaty negotiations the government of Canada chaired a “like-minded” group of states. Like-minded governments and civil society networks successfully campaigned for an independent and effective Court, able to prosecute military and government […]

TakeAction: Canada’s commitment to UN peacekeeping

In an article in the December 2016 edition of Mondial, WFMC President Walter Dorn and Board member Sylvain Paquet discuss the delays that have plagued the government of Canada’s return to United Nations peacekeeping. “Where is Canada?” they ask. “It has not yet deployed new forces in UN-mandated peace operations … Even now, more than […]

Canada and the International Criminal Court

As member states of the International Criminal Court prepare to gather later this month (Nov 16 – 24) in The Hague, the news that three among them — all from Africa — have declared their plans to leave the court will cast a long shadow over events. Following an earlier announcement that Burundi’s parliament had […]

Has your MP endorsed the Appeal for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly?

Globalization, information technologies and the need for improvements to global governance across a range of issues have made the system of international organizations based on sovereign nation-states outdated. How can we address the global democratic deficit? Wide cross-sections of the public do not feel sufficiently represented by their government in international institutions and negotiation processes. […]

Canada’s adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On August 11th, the WFMC 2016 World Peace Award was presented to Senator Murray Sinclair, former chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as part of a program titled “From Global to Local: The Importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Reconciliation in Canada.” The award presentation, […]

Canada’s support for UN peace operations: Still Missing in Action

Canada’s rank among contributors to UN peace operations remains low. As of June 30, 2016, Canada is 67th with only 31 military personnel and 75 police officers in the field. National Peacekeepers’ Day is a chance to take stock of Canada’s actions over the previous year and to consider how Canada can make a more […]

TakeAction: 17 July, International Justice Day

The Day of International Criminal Justice marks the anniversary of the adoption on 17 July 1998 of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court, which seeks to deter people from genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 17 July unites all those who wish to support justice, promote victims’ rights, and […]

Defence and Aid Policy Reviews

Amongst the various consultations and policy reviews that the federal government is currently undertaking, are a defence policy review and an international assistance review. Defence Policy Review The defence policy review is another avenue through which input on peacekeeping can be submitted. The provided background materials frame discussion about peacekeeping not as an enduring commitment, […]

free casino bonusCanada needs to do more to support UN Peacekeeping

The new Liberal government has indicated that Canada intends to dedicate more resources and personnel to United Nations Peacekeeping. But will they? So far, Canada’s interest in UN peace operations has been demonstrated more by words than deeds. WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt recently wrote an opinion piece on CCIC’s Development Unplugged blog on Huffington […]