Solaye Snider, Blog Writer The final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), conceived to “investigate and document the history and intergenerational legacy of residential schools,” is due to be released in late June of this year.  It is expected that the release of the TRC’s report will again spark “a national debate” about whether… Read More


Evan Gray, Blog Writer In 2010, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) elected its first semi-civilian government since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. Since then, the country has experienced a period of rapid reform under President Thein Sein, leader of the military-dominated Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). Although recent reversals have caused many to… Read More


Chad Rickaby, Blog Writer The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly. Antonio Guiterres, the second term High Commissioner, has stated that the situation in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis since the Rwandan genocide. The resulting refugee crisis is a tragic humanitarian disaster that should be considered of direct concern to the global community.… Read More


Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer Syria’s civil war has now entered its fourth year with the civilian death toll rising by the day. According to estimates, over 200,000 people have died and millions have been displaced by the ongoing conflict. The UN estimates that more than 12.2 million Syrians are in urgent need of assistance. Despite… Read More


Solaye Snider, Blog Writer While South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar struggle to negotiate the terms of a peace deal and unity government in Addis Ababa this week, a leaked draft of the African Union’s Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) threatens to further destabilize negotiations, casting doubt on their… Read More


By Solaye Snider, Blog Writer While the United Nations (UN) celebrates ten years of formal commitment to the three pillars of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the people of Darfur enter the new year in the midst of an ongoing humanitarian crisis that has fallen off the international radar this past decade. … Read More


By Evan Gray, Blog Writer Usually, we think of an anniversary as a positive milestone, a time to look back on past accomplishments and celebrate the progress that’s been made over the years. However, as 2015 rolls around, marking the 10-year anniversary of STAND’s founding in response to the multiple humanitarian crises in Sudan, there… Read More