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October 15th, 2013

ACTION ALERT: Sudan Task Force Scrapped

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.

Sincerely,

Scott Fenwick
Principal Director, STAND Canada

Contact Information for Members of Parliament

STAND Canada’s Position

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.

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February 6th, 2013

Nation-wide Calling Campaign: TODAY

Today is our coordinated nation-wide advocacy campaign. Fellow STAND advocates are currently meeting face-to-face with our Members of Parliament in Ottawa to discuss in detail the need for Canadians to support the Sudans. Today is our opportunity as a nation to let them know that the need for continuing to fund projects in the Sudans is an important issue to their constituents. Find your local MP’s phone number here and vocalize your concern.

Not sure what to say? Check out our fact sheet here and choose the points that you feel most strongly about. Here is a sample script:

My name is _______ and I am calling from________ (region). I am calling because I strongly believe that Canada should continue funding its support to the Sudans.

Although Canada currently helps through aid and supporting the peace process, funding cuts are expected over the next month. Conflict is ongoing in the  three regions of South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur. As a result, over two million people are currently displaced due to food insecurity and conflict.

As a Canadian, I care about the Sudans and strongly believe cutting funding and aid to these regions is simply unacceptable.

Exercise your democratic rights and tell your MPs that the Sudans matter to you. Together we are capable of making the impact the Sudans so direly require!

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February 1st, 2013

ACTION ALERT: Nation-Wide Calling Campaign – February 6th 2013

As mentioned in our New Year’s message, STAND Canada is participating in an advocacy campaign aimed at targeting our Members of Parliament to vocalize that continued action in Sudan and South Sudan is important to Canadian citizens. With widespread funding cuts anticipated towards international engagements over the next couple of months, we have a small window of opportunity to make a huge impact on Canada’s participation in the Sudans. The first step as concerned Canadians is to participate in our  Nation-Wide Calling Campaign to be held on Wednesday February 6th, 2013 at 10am- 5pm.

Here is the three step process:

  1. Read and get familiarized with our concise fact-sheet outlining the current crises in Sudan and South Sudan, alongside Canada’s current and past engagements. Have any questions? Contact Mieka Buckely-Pearson (STAND’s Operational Advocacy Director) at mbuckleypearson@standcanada.org.
    mbuckleypearson@standcanada.org.
  2.  Participate in a nation-wide calling campaign on February 6th. Call your Members of Parliament (both your academic institution’s and home town’s MPs) to remind them that their constituents want Canada to maintain its involvement and continue supporting the people in Sudan and South Sudan. Tell your friends to join in - our strength is defined by our numbers.
  3.  Remain persistent with the phone calls. If each of our members call their MPs 5 times, we can raise the awareness we need to make the Sudans a concern. If you are consistently led to a voice-mail system, call back in an hour – call as many times as necessary to ensure they receive the message and support our cause.

We need your help to ensure that Canada continues to consider Sudan and South Sudan priorities in our foreign policy. Join STAND members from across the nation on February 6th create a national impact. Check out our facebook event HERE. 

Mark your calendars & show Canada we care.

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July 4th, 2012

Join Us for the 2012 We Want Peace Rally!

On July 9th, we urge you to join us for the 2012 We Want Peace Rally. The We Want Peace 2012 Toronto Rally is dedicated to putting a spotlight on the Sudans in order to bring awareness and call for civilian protection and humanitarian aid to the people of Sudan and South Sudan. 

We Want Peace 2012 is a movement created by internationally acclaimed hip hop artist, Emmanuel Jal. Emmnauel Jal, through his music and activism supports a message of peace and reconciliation born out of his experiences as a child soldier in Southern Sudan. We would like you to become a part of this very important movement for peace on July 9th 2012. As it is the anniversary of the independence of South Sudan we remember all of the innocent civilians who lost their lives over the past decades in Sudan. Not only do we remember these people, but we call for NO MORE lives to be lost. 

STAND Canada, in partnership with We Want Peace Canada, invites you to a peaceful congregation involving yoga, meditation, music, art and speakers such as former child soldier Emmanuel Jal, and representatives from STAND Canada, Alliance Against Modern Slavery, and Africa Yoga Project.

Where: Queen’s Park Toronto

When: July 9th. 12:00PM – 2:00 PM

More Information: www.wewantpeace2012.org, www.emmanueljal.com

Facebook: We Want Peace Canada

Twitter: #WWP2012 @WeWantPeace_Can

Help us shed a light on the Sudans. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Monica Chakravarty is Principal Director of STAND Canada.

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June 11th, 2012

The Preventable Famine in the Nuba Mountains

A humanitarian catastrophe is quickly unraveling in Sudan where hundreds of thousands of lives of Nuba people are in danger. For one year the federal government has continued to carry out a mass counterinsurgency campaign in the region. Included in this campaign is a blockage of food shipments and restricted humanitarian aid. In addition to those starving to death, the government has consistently been dropping anti-personnel bombs over the region. As a result, the Nuba people not only fear death due to famine and disease but also active aerial attacks.The region of the Nuba Mountains is quickly echoing Darfur. George Clooney publicized the incidents during his visit in March yet it has not resulted in any commitment from world leaders. We cannot stand by and watch another humanitarian disaster unravel before our eyes.

Half a million people have fled their homes and the attack shows no signs of slowing down.  It is our responsibility as global citizens to take a stand. Unless basic food, water and health needs are addressed, massive casualties are inevitable. We need to address the underlying cause of the Nuba attack which means bringing justice to president Bashir’s regime under the International Criminal Court.

We urge you to join us in taking a stand about this ongoing crisis. As the situation deteriorates daily it will soon be too late. Please contact our Foreign Affairs Minister and let him know Canada’s responsibility as nation that has ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court involves pressuring fellow international leaders to bring Omar Al-Bashir and his regime to justice.

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