Thursday, Nov. 29th, the UN voted to upgrade Palestine’s UN status to that of “observer state.” The vote passed with a lot of international support, but Canada voted against. CJPME vehemently disagrees with the Harper government’s UN vote, considering it unjustifiable, and shameful.
In October, 2010, Canada lost its bid for a place on the UN Security Council (UNSC). This is the first time in six decades that Canada has sought a seat on the Security Council and failed to win it. Canada must change its approach to Middle East policy or it will be increasingly marginalized at the UN.
CJPME Factsheet 106, published November, 2010: Canada has increasingly isolated itself on the short side of innumerable one-sided votes in international forums. Canada’s track record shows that Ottawa is far from belonging to a “moral majority” when it comes to crucial international votes. This factsheet provides a detailed summary of Canada’s votes in international forums as well as Ottawa’s pro-Israel Middle East policy.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 105, published November, 2010: This factsheet looks at Canada’s declining international reputation. The Canadian government under Harper has been steadily losing stature due to its positions on a number of issues: from a lack of action on climate change, to reduced international development aid, to the occupation of Afghanistan and abandonment of international peacekeeping. Yet the shift in foreign policy is especially apparent and damaging in regards to the Middle East, particularly on Israeli-Palestinian issues.Read more
In the ten months following Israel’s assault on Gaza last winter, numerous different human rights reports were commissioned and completed. Of all the reports, however, the most prominent and comprehensive report was the “Goldstone Report,” a fact finding mission commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, led by Justice Richard Goldstone, issued on Sept. 25th, 2009. This position paper displays recommendations that have been framed around the work of the Goldstone Report.
This position paper is a policy recommendation for Canada as negotiations following the Annapolis conference of November, 2007 get under way.