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 ahuffman@standcanada.org. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our posts.


Sudan & South Sudan

Rebel Groups Form Alliance Against Khartoum

In an effort to overthrow the Sudanese government, four rebel groups– Sudan Revolutionary Front consists of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, Justice and Equality Movement, Sudan Liberation Army-Abdel Wahid and Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minnawi– have joined together to form the Sudan Revolutionary front. Though political analysts have recognized this force as being relatively weak, the Sudanese government has reinstated its pleas to South Sudan to stop supporting such opposition forces.

Article: http://presstv.com/detail/210684.html


ICC to Seek Arrest Warrant for Defense Minister of Sudan

The Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV has reported that the International Crime Court is planning to release a warrant of arrest for Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein for allegations that have not yet been disclosed. This move, which is yet to be confirmed by the ICC, would be the fourth outstanding arrest warrant for a Sudanese official.

Article: http://www.sudantribune.com/ICC-prosecutor-to-request-arrest,40731


Sudanese UN Ambassador Said to Have “Blatantly Lied” about Aerial Bombing

Following Sudanese Ambassador Daffia-Alla Elhag Ali Osman’s claims that Sudan did not wage an aerial  bombardment on South Sudan,  American U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, strongly expressed her belief to the contrary.  According to the U.N. Peacekeeping Chief, South Sudan has been the target of at least two aerial bombings.


N.B.: This article incorrectly identifies Susan Rice as the United Nations’ U.N. Ambassador, rather than the American U.N. Ambassador.


Amnesty International Accuses Sudan of Torturing Protestors

In a recently issued statement, Amnesty International claims that detainment of opposition activists has included torture tactics as well as violence against youth and the mentally ill.

Article: http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Sudan-torturing-activists-Amnesty-Int-20111112



Opposition Presidential Candidate Orders Jailbreaks

Prior to any elections, Etienne Tshisekedi has declared himself president and urged all of his supporters who have been arrested during opposition rallies to stage escapes from jail. Information These statements could be considered treason, according to Information Minister Lambert Mende.

Article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/congo-opposition-leader-declares-himself-president-tells-supporters-to-stage-jailbreaks/2011/11/12/gIQAbSTaEN_story.html


Elections Catch Up

Check out BBC’s Q&A concerning the DRC’s upcoming federal elections on November 28.

Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15694912



2 Responses to “Welcome Back to the STAND Blog!”

  1. Kelly Fleming says:

    I would like to know if Stand Canada has any plans to start up or work with United Against Genocide? I attended the UAG conference in Washington last month and it seems a worthy organization to bring to Canada.

    Thank you for any information you have on this.

  2. Monica Chakravarty says:

    Hi Kelly,

    STAND Canada is a strong supporter of United Against Genocide and our mandates completed align. We are currently collaborating with them on a campaign that we will roll out in the new year regarding conflict minerals. Other than that, we do hope to work collaboratively in the near future but do not have any other plans immediately. We are always looking for opportunities to join efforts so if you have any other suggestions, we would love to hear them!

    Thank you for commenting!

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