Archive for March, 2012

March 20th, 2012

ACTION ALERT: Violence Rises in the Nuba Mountains

Last month we sent out an action alert outlining the dire situation in the Nuba Mountains and the possibility of this crisis echoing that of Darfur. Unfortunately, the situation continues to worsen. The Sudanese government has been launching aerial attacks on the civilian populations in the Nuba Mountains and this has prevented the Nuba People from growing food which is now causing a food crisis in the region.

On March 16, The Enough Project and United Against Genocide joined for the National Day of Action for Sudan. Protestors gathered outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. calling for immediate humanitarian relief to the Nuba People. They also demanded that the Sudanese government stop killing innocent civilians.

Although Clooney’s arrest received a lot of media attention, we should not forget what he was protesting:  the plight of the Nuba people.  The food crisis in the Nuba Mountains is reaching critical levels. The Sudanese government is using food as a weapon to kill the Nuba People. Join us in taking a stand against ethnic cleansing.

The Nuba People need immediate humanitarian relief and protection. Contact Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today and express your concern.

We need your support today.

Monica Chakravarty is Principal Director of STAND Canada.

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March 19th, 2012

Bi-weekly News Update


George Clooney Arrested for Protesting Outside of Sudanese Embassy
American movie star George Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C. today, along with his father and others, who assembled to protest against the Sudanese government’s refusal to allow humanitarian food and supplies to reach civilians living in the war-torn Blue Nile Region who are expected to face starvation without immediate assistance. Following his release a few hours later, Clooney gave his two requests– that aid be allowed into “Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, immediately,” and for “the government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women, and children.”

Sudanese President Confirms Intentions to Not Seek Re-Election
Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, who has been in power since 1989, has reiterated his plans to turn over the presidential candidacy to another National Congress Party (NCP) member for Sudan’s 2015 federal election. This decision follows pressure from unidentified fellow members of the NCP, including the NCP’s youth sector, on Bashir to step down to facilitate reform within the party. Some NCP members have speculated, however, that the NCP, and not Bashir, will ultimately be responsible for deciding whether or not he will seek re-election.

South Sudan Governor: Tribal Attack Leaves Over 200 Dead
Last week, several Lou Nuer tribes were victims of a three-day attack launched by members of the Murle, a long-time enemy of the Lou Nuer. While the UN has yet to confirm this speculated death toll of 200, the UN estimates that more than 1,000 people were killed in the Jonglei in 2011, mostly in association with fighting between these two tribes.

South Sudan’s Army Signs Anti-Child Soldier Agreement
Though the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army of South Sudan (SPLA) committed to releasing its child soldiers in 2009, Monday marked the SPLA’s first signed agreement with the UN to do so. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, arrived in South Sudan this week and has declared hopes to meet with the Nuer and Murle tribes of the Jongeli state in order to work towards a similar understanding with these communities.


ICC Prosecutor Will Seek Maximum Sentence for Convicted Congo Warlord
The International Crime Court declared its first verdict this week in its 10 years of existence– Thomas Lubanga was found guilty of harboring child soldiers in Congo from 2002 to 2003. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo referred to the verdict as a “victory for humanity” and disclosed that he will be recommending a sentence “close to the maximum”: 30 years or life in prison. Lubanga will be sentenced later this year. Moreno-Ocampo has also declared plans to compound the indictment of Bosco Ntaganda, a former commander of Lubanga who is wanted by the ICC for recruiting and using child soldiers, with accusations of murder and rape. Ntaganda currently remains in Congo, maintaining his position of army general.

Congo Slowing Search for Joseph Kony and Rebel Army, Says Ugandan Government
The hunt for Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army and wanted person of the International Crime Court (ICC), has been impeded by territorial restrictions imposed by the Congolese government, says Ugandan government official Fred Opolot. The UN estimates that Kony’s army has launched twenty raids in northeastern Congo is the past half-year, resulting in 10 fatalities and the displacement of 3,000 individuals. The United States has provided Uganda with military advisors to pursue Kony, whose official charges by the ICC include war crimes and crimes and several crimes against humanity– “murder, sexual slavery, and abusing children.”

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March 13th, 2012

A Message From One of our Chapters

STAND Canada has recently launched the Conflict Free Campus Initiative (CFCI) which aims at securing a commitment from university administrations to purchase conflict-free electronics and thereby preventing the funding of the war in the Congo. It’s time for campuses to start raising awareness about this issue and working towards creating consumer demand for conflict free electronics in Canada!

Students in campuses across the U.S. are working towards conflict-free mineral policies and have been successful in their efforts. University administrations are supportive of the initiative, including Stanford University, Clark University and the University of California-Santa Cruz. According to the Enough Project, about eighty campuses in the United States and Canada are engaged in conflict-free mineral initiatives.   Read the rest of this entry »

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March 9th, 2012

ACTION ALERT: Demand Ethical Technology from Apple!

On Wednesday, we launched our new Conflict-Free Campus Initiative: a nation-wide campaign to build a consumer voice for a conflict-free Congo.  In less than one week, Apple will launch the iPad 3.  While we applaud Apple for its innovative leadership both with regards to technology and ethical standards, we want to encourage them to continue to elevate their standards and set a precedent for the industry.  STAND supports the Enough Project’s petition that calls on Apple to help stop a war in Africa by sourcing conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo.

By raising our collective voice as consumers, we can help bring about a shift in corporate policy and help bring peace to Congo. Please join us in letting Apple know they have the capacity to help stop the war in the Congo.

Ensure Apple plays their role in helping end the war in the Congo and ensure you play your role by spreading the word..

Use your voice as a consumer to demand change by filling out this petition HERE.

Monica Chakravarty is Principal Director of STAND Canada.

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March 8th, 2012

STAND Digest – March 2012

In this month’s issue: the oil standoff between South Sudan and Sudan continues, with serious implications for South Sudan’s economy and ability to feed its population; South Sudan begins to review all existing oil contracts previously signed by Khartoum; and Sudan’s President Al-Bashir launches the  new Darfur Regional Authority. This month’s issue also features an analysis of what it will take to rebuild Civil Society Institutions in South Sudan.
Download the pdf here.

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