Archive for February, 2011

February 22nd, 2011

As the world changes, Sudan deserves peace. ACT NOW.



The world seems to be changing all around us.

From regime changes in Tunisia and Egypt, to reports this week of protests in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Algeria and Iran, citizens across the world who are dissatisfied with their leaders are voicing their unrest. And the world is taking notice.

In line with these demonstrations have been the protests in Khartoum, Sudan.  Led by a leader who has been charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the people of Sudan have tried to voice their dissent as well. Yet, they have been largely ignored by the international community.

Though Sudan’s President recently announced that he will not be running again when his term ends in 2015, the people of Sudan can’t afford to wait that long for change.

Seven years on, Darfur remains a region of violence.

Seven years on, thousands of people have been displaced and are living in camps, relying largely on aid groups to stay alive.

Seven years on, the Sudanese government still perpetuates violence and expels international aid when they think no one is looking.

Earlier this month, our Prime Minister issued a statement commending the commitment by the government in Khartoum to respect the outcome of the recent secession vote.  He stated that Canada stands ready to assist Sudan and South Sudan as they each respectively prepare for their post-referendum future.  To ensure that this is a peaceful future, the government of Canada must hold the Sudanese government accountable.

Today, I ask you to let the government of Canada know that you have not forgotten the people of Sudan. Call your local MP or contact our leaders through 1-800-Genocide.  Here is a suggested talking point:

“The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development recommended that Canada to send a high-level delegation to North and South Sudan.  I support this recommendation, and believe that it should include both Ministers and opposition MPs. It should convey our interest in a peaceful future for Sudan, including Darfur. It should also assess, with civil society, needs on the ground and establish how Canada can best help.”

For more suggested talking points, click here.

Let our leaders know that the people of Sudan deserve a chance for peace and stability.

In peace,

Elham Bidgoli

Principal Director

Stand Canada

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February 18th, 2011

Independence = peace?

The Southern Sudanese independence referendum ended on Jan. 15, closing with an overwhelming majority voting yes to independence for South Sudan.

But does that mean that Sudan will operate peacefully on the road to South Sudan’s secession?

The country already had problems at the end of January with UN sources saying that the Sudanese army threatened to destroy the makeshift camps of those who have been made homeless by the Darfur conflict. This led to a tense standoff with the peacekeepers that are part of a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur. Sudanese soldiers surrounded the road in to the UNAMID camp as well as the adjacent camp where thousands of displaced were residing. Eventually the army left.

Since December there has been renewed fighting between the Sudanese army and Darfur rebels, prompting Western powers to call for UNAMID to be more aggressive in their mission in Darfur. There is international concern about Darfur as Sudan prepares to break away from the North.

Unfortunately, Darfur is not the only issue for South Sudan.  It has a number of development challenges for the future. The region may face not only economic problems but political problems as well.

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February 15th, 2011

‘Massacre’ reported in Southern Sudan

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February 10th, 2011

STAND Digest – February 2011

This month we review last month’s referendum and examine its repercussions on North and South Sudan. We also continue to explore developments in three areas: The Negotiations and Peace Process, Humanitarian Affairs and Security, and Darfur in Canadian Politics.

Download the pdf here.

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