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Erin  Hunt  - Mines Action Canada . Ottawa , ON, CA

Erin Hunt Erin  Hunt

Program Manager | Mines Action Canada

Ottawa , ON, CANADA

Humanitarian disarmament expert focusing on indiscriminate weapons, victim assistance, casualties and international disarmament treaties.

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Killer Robots & Proportionality CCW Review Conference Day 2

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Biography

Erin Hunt is the Program Coordinator at Mines Action Canada. She has been working in humanitarian disarmament in various capacities since 2006 and doing public education on the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines since 2003.

Erin's areas of expertise include the humanitarian impact of landmines and cluster munitions, particularly in Syria and Yemen, as well as the Ottawa Treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, ongoing diplomatic efforts to prohibit autonomous weapons systems (killer robots) and nuclear weapons. She can speak about Canadian policies on disarmament issues more broadly.

Erin has a master’s degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University.

Industry Expertise (3)

International Affairs

Non-Profit/Charitable

International Trade and Development

Areas of Expertise (9)

Disarmament

Landmines

Cluster Munitions

Nuclear Weapons

Civil Society Campaigning

Indiscrimiate weapons

Explosive weapons

Assistance to victims of armed conflict

Killer robots

Education (2)

Royal Roads University: Masters of Arts, Human Security and Peacebuilding 2012

University of Victoria: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 2006

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (14)

Why ‘killer robots’ are neither feminist nor ethical

Open Canada  online

2019-01-22

Autonomous weapons do not align with Canada’s current approach to foreign policy — and, as a new survey shows, Canadians’ opposition to their use is on the rise. Is it time for an outright ban?

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Saudi Arabia Arms Sales and Human Rights

The Craig Needles Show  radio

2018-10-25

Bombs are being sent to Trump critics, Saudi Arabia's deal with General Dynamics, and examining human rights in Saudi Arabia

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Peace Prize: Reflections on a Nobel year

Open Canada  online

2018-10-11

As the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons passes the Nobel torch to the 2018 winners, Erin Hunt reflects on the value of the prize and on the strength of global solidarity movements.

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Sustaining Destruction: Nuclear Weapons and the Sustainable Development Goals

Impakter Magazine  online

2018-06-25

For the first time in years, nuclear weapons are consistently front page news. The “will they, won’t they” of a meeting between American President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) dominated the news cycle for weeks. Nuclear politics is back in a big way with intemperate tweets, cancelled non-proliferation agreements, summits and nuclear tests. Not since the Cold War has the threat of nuclear weapons been this obvious. Underlying this return to this politics of death is a simple fact – the risk of an intentional or accidental nuclear war has been threatening our lives and planet every day since 1945. We have never stepped out from under JFK’s nuclear sword of Damocles.

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US Reacts to Russia Nukes Announcement

CTV News Channel  tv

TV interview about nuclear weapons.

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As UN General Assembly kicks off, all eyes on Canada’s disarmament stance

Open Canada  online

2017-09-13

Justin Trudeau heads to New York next week, just as a ground-breaking treaty opens for signature. As Erin Hunt asks, can he turn around Canada’s deteriorating reputation as a leader on disarmament?

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By sitting out nuclear weapons meeting, Canada backtracks on its commitment to peace

Open Canada  online

2017-03-21

Whether due to U.S. pressure or a lack of political courage — or both — Canada is expected to be absent from next week's negotiations in New York. Erin Hunt looks at the motives behind the move, and the message it sends.

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Canadian firms invested in US cluster bomb makers, report says

Middle East Eye  online

2016-06-25

Interviewed for story on Canadian investment in cluster munitions and the humanitarian impact of these weapons.

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Munitions researcher on ‘rain of steel’: Monitoring cluster bombs in Syria and the human toll, part one

Syria Direct  online

2016-06-20

Two part interview on the use of cluster munitions in Syria.

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Munitions researcher on ‘rain of steel’: Monitoring cluster bombs in Syria and the human toll, part two

Syria Direct  online

2016-06-21

Part two of a two part interview on humanitarian impact of cluster munition use in Syria.

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Erin Hunt on landmines, cluster munitions and Canadian diplomacy

Face2Face Podcast  online

2016-03-02

Podcast interview about humanitarian disarmament focusing on landmines, cluster munitions and Canadian leadership.

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To this day, Nagasaki survivor’s story matters

Victoria Times Colonist  print

2015-08-14

Op-ed outlining importance of survivor stories to ongoing process to ban nuclear weapons.

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John Baird to travel to Laos as Canada restarts funding to clear cluster bombs

CTV News  tv

2013-10-14

Television interview on the cluster munition problem in Laos and Canada's legislation implementing the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

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MPs need courage in face of cluster munitions

Victoria Times Colonist  print

2013-06-16

Co-written op-ed on legislation to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions which was being debated in the House of Commons at the time.

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Event Appearances (8)

The PANEL

The AI Arms Race Should We Be Worried? (http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/public-record/episodes/61295742?fbclid=IwAR1GrNN5PnBjVkNCLZlY-jrnUY2fVe3iRuHLEGmUkI2QxD1QlZHKVwR_iWc)  Ottawa, ON

2018-03-28

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Statement

United Nations General Assembly First Committee First Committee (http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/1com/1com16/statements/12Oct_CSKR.pdf)  New York, New York

2016-10-12

Statement on Victim Assistance

United Nations Open Ended Working Group taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations (http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/OEWG/2016/Statements/10May_MinesActionCanada.pdf)  Geneva, Switzerland

2016-05-10

Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions; a shared responsibility

6th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions  Geneva, Switzerland

2016-09-06

Statement on Weapons Reviews

United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (https://stopkillerrobots.ca/2016/04/13/mines-action-canadas-intervention-on-article-36-weapons-reviews/)  Geneva, Switzerland

2016-04-13

Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions; a shared responsibility

First Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions  Dubrovnik, Croatia

2015-09-09

Equal Basis Report Launch

14th Meeting of States Parties to Mine Ban Treaty  Geneva, Switzerland

2015-12-01

Statement on Autonomous Weapons Systems

United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (https://stopkillerrobots.ca/2015/04/13/mines-action-canadas-opening-statement-at-convention-on-conventional-weapons/)  Geneva, Switzerland

2015-04-13