Dear STAND members,
On Friday, October 11, The Globe and Mail revealed that the Government of Canada abolished a key body responsible for Canada’s operations in the Sudans: the Sudan Task Force (STF). It was responsible for co-ordinating Canada’s three-pronged strategy of aid, diplomacy and security in the region.
With the resurgence of violence in Darfur, the continued conflict in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile and demands within Abyei to hold a referendum this month, STAND Canada is seriously concerned about the recent abolishment of the STF. This could threaten the “whole of government approach” in Sudan and South Sudan at a time when the resuming violence has the potential to escalate, threatening the vulnerable civilian population.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) has assured that the responsibilities of the STF would be absorbed by those officials operating at the regional level; however, when coupled with the questionable status of the Global Peace and Security Fund, there is growing concerns that the Government of Canada has begun to shift away from Sudan and South Sudan as target countries.
Please write to your Members of Parliament regarding Canada’s role in Sudan and South Sudan. Our elected officials cannot act without knowing that people care. Please find contact information for MPs and STAND Canada’s full position below this message.
Principal Director, STAND Canada
Contact Information for Members of Parliament
- Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hon. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs: email@example.com
- Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Opposition: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada: email@example.com
- Find your local Member of Parliament at this link.
To ensure that the Government of Canada has a strong presence in both Sudan and South Sudan, MPs must ensure that:
1. Canada continues to support Sudan and South Sudan during this post-conflict period with a whole of government approach, including aid, security and diplomatic support.
2. Funding to Sudan and South Sudan is not cut at this critical time. While funding has increased between the 2010/11 and 2011/12 fiscal years, assistance given to these two fragile states has been significantly cut from previous allocations made between 2005 and 2010. Therefore, we strongly urge the Government of Canada, through DFATD, to ensure that funding to Sudan and South Sudan will not decrease through a statement made to the public.
3. Funding for diplomatic initiatives needs to increase: not decrease or remain the same, in light of increasing violence in the border regions and the potential for a referendum on self-determination in Abyei to re-ignite conflict between Sudan and South Sudan.
It is critical that the Government of Canada continues having a strong presence in Sudan and South Sudan. To achieve this, MP must ensure that supporting Sudan and South Sudan remains a priority for the government.