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June 2nd, 2015

Nowhere to go for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer

The Rohingya are an ethnic Muslim minority living in the Rakhine region of western Myanmar. The Rohingya have faced institutionalized discrimination by the state for decades. These stateless people are seen by the Government of Myanmar as refugees from bordering Bangladesh; however, early Muslim settlements in the region can be traced back to the seventh century. Today there are an estimated 810,000 people, mostly Rohingya, living without citizenship in Myanmar and thus especially susceptible to persecution. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 7th, 2015

What does the re-election of Al-Bashir mean for the Sudanese people?

Kitty Shephard, Blog Writer

Sudan has been under the rule of President Omar Al-Bashir since 1989. Al-Bashir’s presidency, gained through a military coup, is widely viewed as illegitimate. His recent re-election extends his 25 year rule and has elicited varied responses from the international community. Internally, the National Elections Committee (NEC) reported cases of forgery and a lack of transparency at most polling stations. Externally, concerns have been raised about the violent and undemocratic environment in which the elections were held. Canadian Foreign Affairs minister, Rob Nicholson, was among those condemning the elections, stating that Canada would not acknowledge the election results. The Troika countries (a Norwegian, British, American coalition to support and develop Sudan and South Sudan), along with the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU), have also condemned the election results, expressing concern at the repression committed by government security forces in Sudan. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 7th, 2015

The Push for Democracy and Reconciliation amidst the Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in the CAR

Solaye Snider, Blog Writer

United Nations (UN) officials recently declared that the Central African Republic (CAR) has reached a “critical stage” in its political transition to peace and stability. Violence and civil unrest continues and over 2.7 million people remain in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The next step in the planned transition is a national forum on reconciliation set to take place this week in the country’s capital, Bangui, followed by national elections later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 28th, 2015

No End in Sight for the South Sudanese War

Victoria Fleming, Blog Writer

As the South Sudanese War continues, a resolution through diplomatic peace talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) seems impossible. After fourteen months of destruction and terror, the deaths of tens of thousand South Sudanese civilians, and over two million displaced persons, the credibility of the peace talks between President Salva Kiir and former Deputy Prime Minister Riek Marchar has eroded. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 27th, 2015

The Uighurs in China – Masking Ethnic Violence with the Global War on Terror

Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer

The Indigenous Uighur ethnic Muslim minority in China’s western Xinjiang region has been in constant dispute with the Central Chinese authorities since 1949. Authorities have curtailed the Uighurs’ religious, economic and cultural activities in line with Communist China’s opposition to religion. Lately, authorities have also increased action against Uighurs after street protests in Xinjiang in the 1990s, and attacks at the start of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Consequently, hundreds of Uighurs have been killed or sentenced to death. The number of criminal trial increased by 40 percent in the Xinjiang region in 2013 primarily to persecute ethno-religious minorities. Uighurs along with Tibetans and other ethno-religious minorities in China have been persecuted since the Chinese Revolution.  However, persecution of the Ugihurs has seen an increase  since the increase of the global hysteria around Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.  Many prominent Uighurs leaders have been hanged and imprisoned in Guantanamo as well under accusations of terrorism. Central Chinese authorities are suspected of overstating the threat from Uighur separatists in order to justify ongoing repression in the region. The official version from Beijing claims that Uighur militants are waging a violent campaign for an independent state by terrorist means. Read the rest of this entry »

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