Archive for November, 2011

November 28th, 2011

STAND Carleton News

This semester brought a new year for STAND Carleton and along with it new faces and ideas. I am pleased to say that we have a strong and dedicated group this year.

My team and I were really excited to promote the MP e-mailing tool during Holocaust Education Week. We had a computer set up on our table, an idea suggested to us by the STAND U of T team, with the e-mailing tool opened so people could access it. We got a good number of people at the table who wanted to e-mail Stephen Harper right then and there about Canada’s commitment to genocide prevention. Those who didn’t e-mail wanted me to write down the website where they could get more information and e-mail anytime they wanted, so was heavily promoted.

We have also been working on creating a STAND chapter at the University of Ottawa. Right now we are in the process of promoting with posters and encouraging those we know at Ottawa U to start a chapter. With our close proximity to the Parliament buildings, it would be great for both universities to work towards to goal of making genocide prevention a cornerstone on Canadian foreign policy. The groups can be combined under a broader STAND Ottawa. If anyone from Ottawa U is reading this and are interested in starting up a STAND chapter please do so! We here at STAND Carleton are always happy to help.


Kaleigh Norkum is President of the STAND Carleton chapter. Contact her at

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November 25th, 2011


On Monday November 28, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will hold its second democratic election in 40 years.

The UN oversaw Congo’s first democratic election in 2006 and was considered to be the first step towards a democratic transition.  Analysts say this year’s election is the true test of democracy.

Instability and conflict are extremely common today. Millions have been displaced, and the international community describes the use of rape as a crime against humanity. Despite its rich resources, a decade of conflict between government forces and armed militias has left millions dead as a result of the fighting.

While the international community remains hopeful, concerns persist.  A U.N. report this month said there has been limited freedom of expression during the campaign period, and urged candidates to respect the constitution and citizens’ rights. Opposition leaders and analysts also expressed concern about the make-up of the electoral commission. Analysts claim that the risk of electoral dispute and violence are high when the elections do not meet free and fair standards. They need to be led by strong international and local presence to build confidence in the electoral process

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo prepares for this election, we must demand transparency and commitment from all bodies involved.

Please take this opportunity to remind our media that Canada cares about a stable Congo. Take some time today to write a comment, share a news story, or write a letter to the editor.

Monica Chakravarty is Principal Director of STAND Canada. 

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November 21st, 2011

Welcome Back to the STAND Blog!

My name is Alexa Huffman and I am the deputy Director of Communications and Blog Manager. I would like to welcome you to the revised STAND Canada blog. Each week, readers will find posts that include information on policy regarding Sudan, South Sudan and Darfur, news from our high school and university chapters, advocacy, and the current events occurring in Darfur, the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan. If you have any questions or would like to contribute, you can reach me at Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our posts. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 15th, 2011

STAND Digest – November 2011


This month we examine the South Sudanese President’s recent trip to Khartoum, review the instability in the Unity State, and analyze the pre-election violence in the DRC. This month’s issue also contains a review of the first feature length documentary on conflict minerals in the Congo, Blood in the Mobile.

Download the pdf here.

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