Archive for December, 2010


December 29th, 2010

STAND Digest – December 2010

This month we continue to look at the issues facing the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Southern Sudan, and continue to explore developments in three areas: The Negotiations and Peace Process, Humanitarian Affairs and Security, and Darfur in Canadian Politics.

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December 23rd, 2010

Your support is making a difference!

Friends,

This year you made hundreds of calls and sent even more emails to the Government of Canada, encouraging our leaders to make peace in Sudan a priority. Yesterday, in a statement welcoming the latest commitment made by the JEM to negotiate a ceasefire with the Government of Sudan, the Canadian government stated that “Sudan is one of Canada’s foreign-policy priorities.”

Thanks to your help Sudan will remain a priority in 2011. Let Minister Cannon know that you appreciate that Canada is doing this.

With the South Sudan referendum less than 20 days away, the people of Sudan will enter 2011 facing new changes and challenges. The aftermath of the referendum will be a tense time regardless of the outcome. A report issued this December by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development recommended that Canada send a high-level delegation to Sudan immediately following the referendum. It should include Canadian Members of Parliament, and visit both North and South Sudan. The delegation should assess the needs on the ground to determine how Canada can best help the region. Stand supports this recommendation.

This holiday season, please devote a few minutes of your time to the people of Sudan. Send our leaders an email encouraging them to continue their support of peace in Sudan by sending a high-level delegation in the new year.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season,

Elham Bidgoli

Principal Director
Stand Canada

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December 9th, 2010

Students demand conflict free materials

by Alexa Huffman

It is hard to find a university campus that doesn’t have activist groups. The university I attend, Ryerson University, has many campus groups including an active chapter of Journalists for Human Rights. So it comes as no surprise to me when I read about U.S. university students taking the initiative to help end the trade of conflict materials from the Congo.

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December 8th, 2010

Pledge for Peace in 2011: Stand for the Holidays

Friends,

There is exactly one month left until the South Sudanese Referendum. In 31 days, Sudan will hold a historic election to determine if South Sudan will become an independent country.

Thanks to your support this year, Stand Canada has spent the months leading up to the election reminding the Canadian government that we care about the future of Sudan. We have met with Members of Parliament, submitted petitions, and sent letters and emails. Hundreds of calls have been made to 1-800-Genocid(e) reminding the Canadian government that we care.

Our efforts have not gone unnoticed. Members of Parliament have answered our calls and emails, contacted us about our petitions, and listened to witnesses about the importance of the upcoming referendum. The Government of Canada recently announced funding upgrades to the Southern Sudan Police to ensure a peaceful referendum process. Our efforts have ensured that Sudan stays on the Canadian government’s list of things to address in the coming year.

This holiday season, I ask that you continue to support our efforts by giving a gift to Stand Canada. Your donation will keep our advocacy efforts alive by helping to ensure our 1-800-Genocid(e) hotline continues to run in 2011. As a volunteer-driven advocacy organization, one hundred percent of your donation will be used for our advocacy tools and resources for our members to continue to meet with MPs and make action against genocide a priority. Please click here to donate directly.

Better yet, start your own Stand Gift Campaign to reach out to friends and family. If 10 of us raise $50 this holiday season, we can keep 1-800-Genocid(e) running for over a month; if 100 supporters do it, we can keep it running for over a year.

Not sure how? It’s easy! To start your own Gift campaign, go to www.pincgiving.com. Register, and create your own pledge page. Enter in your details to create a campaign – make sure to choose Stand Canada as your organization and http://www.standcanada.org as the website! You can set your goal to whatever you like – I set mine to $100. Share the link on Facebook, Twitter, and via email. Keep us updated on your progress! As thanks, we will feature the top fundraisers in our newsletters and blog.

These small steps of support are what Stand Canada is all about. Thank you for supporting Stand Canada’s efforts – together, we can ensure that 2011 is a year which brings peace to Sudan.

Wishing you all a peaceful holiday season,

Elham

Elham Bidgoli
Principal Director

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December 6th, 2010

Responding to Genocide; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

As Stand continues to push Canada to make responding to and preventing genocide a cornerstone of its foreign policy, it is worthwhile to briefly reflect on some of the goods and bads of the genocide response world.

The Good

In comparison to past genocides, advocacy groups now have the strength of online communication to mobilize rapidly, and ensure that our governments prevent and respond to mass atrocities. In the case of Darfur, the public response around the world was large and rapid. Though hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, and millions remain displaced and face an uncertain future, the violence has slowed dramatically since the peak in 2003-2004. It is not an overstatement to say that groups like Stand helped influence policy, resulting in the approval of the UNAMID peacekeeping force of 26000 personnel, to help provide security. This amounts to the largest peacekeeping mission ever, and though it hasn’t solved the problem, it has likely saved countless lives so far.

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