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February 27th, 2015

The Failure of Canada and the International Community to Uphold Their ‘Responsibility to Protect’ in Face of the Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur

By Solaye Snider, Blog Writer

While the United Nations (UN) celebrates ten years of formal commitment to the three pillars of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the people of Darfur enter the new year in the midst of an ongoing humanitarian crisis that has fallen off the international radar this past decade.  Read the rest of this entry »

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February 23rd, 2015

Looking Back on 10 Years of Broken Promises in Sudan

By Evan Gray, Blog Writer

Usually, we think of an anniversary as a positive milestone, a time to look back on past accomplishments and celebrate the progress that’s been made over the years. However, as 2015 rolls around, marking the 10-year anniversary of STAND’s founding in response to the multiple humanitarian crises in Sudan, there is precious little to cheer about. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 19th, 2015

The Increasing Risk for the Central African Republic to De-stabilize the Region and the Potential for Genocide

By Chad Rickaby, Blog Writer

The Central African Republic requires immediate attention from, and action by, the global community. Their internal conflict – simplified to be mainly between Christian militias operating under the name ‘anti balaka’, and the Muslim (ex)‘seleka’ group (claimed to have disbanded, but many members remain armed and violent) – has created a rapidly deteriorating and potentially catastrophic situation in the country. With the CIA estimating approximately 85 percent of the population being of Christian (or closely associated) faith, the potential for genocide, or ethnic cleansing, is extremely high. Numerous human rights abuses have already been reported, and neighbouring countries are seeing a dramatic influx of refugees attempting to escape the violence. The mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) focuses on working with the transitional government in place and believes critical emphasis must be placed on the protection of civilian human rights in the area. It is vital that the mandate be extended to include policy to mitigate the impact that refugees will have on the vulnerable nations surrounding the Central African Republic. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 19th, 2015

Dialogues of ISIS, “Genocide”, and Change

By Sho Shibata, Blog Writer

A majority of public dialogue around the ongoing crises in the Middle East condemns the aggressive geo-political expansion of ISIS’ (or ISIL – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant) strategies and goals. This expansion has spurred a humanitarian crisis in the region and in particular in Northern Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 27th, 2015

South Sudan Rival SPLM Factions Sign Unity Deal in Tanzania with IGAD Peace Talks Set to Take Place Later This Month

By Solaye Snider, Blog Writer

Two leaders of rival factions of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in South Sudan signed a unity deal on January 21st during the most recent round of peace talks in Arusha, Tanzania. Read the rest of this entry »

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