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TakeAction for August 2019: Building peacekeeping

The next Canadian government faces decisions on UN peacekeeping The United Nations currently has about 100,000 military, police, and civilian personnel serving in 14 peacekeeping missions. That’s more troops in UN field operations than any actor in the world, including the U.S. Department of Defense and more than the UK, France, China, and Russia put together.  […]

TakeAction: Building international justice

July 17th, the World Day for International Justice, marks the 21st anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has recently been faced with  a number of challenges, including threats from the United States government, questions surrounding some decisions, and the ongoing issue of the […]

Canada can do more to support the Rohingya

In response to the continuing persecution of the Rohingya in Rakhine State in Myanmar, a group of Canadian parliamentarians – the “All-Party Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity” — have requested Canada’s Foreign Minister to initiate proceedings against the government of Myanmar in the International Court of Justice. It is […]

What do the Canadian federal political parties think about issues of interest to World Federalists?

During federal election campaigns, WFMC surveys the federal political parties about their positions on key foreign policy and global governance issues of interest to World Federalists, such as Canada’s support for peacekeeping, the Responsibility to Protect, and United Nations reform. We would like to invite you to tell us what issues and topics are most […]

Ventotene 2019: Calling All Young Activists

Are you (or do you know) a young activist, aged 35 or under, interested in the fields of international relations, global democracy and regional integration? Are you looking for a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge about federalism and develop your activism and leadership skills? The World Federalist Movement (WFM), partnering with the Workable World Trustand theIstituto Spinelli, […]

TakeAction: Support Bill C-331, An Act to amend the Federal Courts Act (international promotion and protection of human rights)

The criminal prosecution and punishment of those who commit international human rights violations has been established through criminal tribunals, such as those that addressed Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and through the International Criminal Court. There have been national criminal cases as well. However, there are problems and difficulties that arise with criminal prosecutions. They […]

TakeAction: Ask the European Union to continue to honour its commitments to the International Criminal Court

The first warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, was issued in 2009, the second came in 2010. President al-Bashir is wanted on charges of criminal responsibility for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, Sudan. As Sudan is not a state party to the Rome Statute of […]

TakeAction: Support Bill C-262: the UNDRIP Act

Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash introduced Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, otherwise referred to as the UNDRIP Act, in the House of Commons in 2016. It is currently at the stage of second reading in the […]

TakeAction for November 2018: The International Criminal Court needs Canada’s support

The 17th session of the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute will be held December 5 – 12, 2018 in The Hague. The provisional work plan and background documentation is available on the website of the ASP. Ahead of the ASP meeting, WFMC has once again partnered with officials […]

TakeAction for October 2018: An expanded leadership role for Canada at the United Nations

In March 2016 Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s intention to seek election to a two-year term (2021-22) on the United Nations Security Council. Canada is in a three-way race, competing against Norway and Ireland for two seats assigned to the Western European and Other Group of States (WEOG). The Security Council is the United Nations’ […]

Take Action: John Bolton and the International Criminal Court

On September 10th, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton gave a speech to the Federalist Society in which he spoke, at length and with numerous inaccuracies, about the International Criminal Court. You can watch the speech or read the full text. Bolton began his speech talking about the establishment of the International Criminal Court being the […]

TakeAction for July 2018: Building international justice

July 17th, the Day of International Criminal Justice, marks the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. One way for Canada to mark this 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute would be to ratify the Kampala Amendments on the crime of aggression. Negotiations in December 2017 in New […]

TakeAction for June 2018: Canada’s priorities to advance the Responsibility to Protect

On June 25 the United Nations General Assembly will hold its 2018 debate on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Unlike in previous years, when the UN GA convened an “interactive dialogue” (a series of statements by member states and experts), this year’s debate will lead to a resolution on the Responsibility to Protect. This may […]

TakeAction: Building the Responsibility to Protect

Whither Canadian diplomacy in support of the Rohingya In what has become one of the worst ongoing atrocities of our times, approximately 700,000 members of the Rohingya  minority have been forced since last August to flee northern Rakhine State in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, where they are struggling to survive. According to a March 2018 report […]

TakeAction: Building Peackeeeping

May 29 is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers: Is Canada “back” or not? As we mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on May 29th, World Federalists continue to campaign for Canada to do more for UN Peacekeeping. Recently, WFMC President Walter Dorn gave testimony to a House of Commons committee studying peacekeeping. While WFMC welcomes the announcement […]

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