Banke Sorinwa, Blog Writer   Humanitarian assistance is generally accepted to mean the aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of man-made crises and natural disasters, as well as to prevent and strengthen preparedness for the occurrence of such situations. The need for humanitarian… Read More


Buy Fair Trade Coffee! In support of Cafe Justicia in their work in supporting human rights and community development projects, STAND is pleased to sell their fair trade, bird-friendly, and shade grown coffee. All proceeds from the sale of the coffee go to Cafe Justicia-affiliated organizations and to STAND Canada. The coffee is available for… Read More


Camilla Shearman, Blog Writer   While violence in the world’s newest state is often understood as ethnic conflict, women and girls from all ethnicities and communities in South Sudan are vulnerable to severe forms of gendered violence. Alongside nation-wide problems of displacement, extrajudicial killings, and destruction of home and livelihood, women and girls are particularly… Read More


Kerry Sun, Blog Writer   Traditionally, blood diamonds and conflict minerals have been known for funding conflicts around the world. Today, the trade in conflict antiquities has become a major source of funding for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in its conflict in Iraq and Syria. Antiquities such as statutes, sculptures, and… Read More


Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer   South Sudan, world’s youngest state (gaining independence in 2011) has been continually unable to protect its civilians, and in particular its children. Over 50,000 people have died in the conflict and over 185,000 have been displaced in UN camps. The United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s… Read More


Kitty Shepherd, Blog Writer and Social Media Coordinator   In 2015 in South Sudan a series of humanitarian issues emerged from the ongoing conflict in the world’s youngest country. Issues of humanitarian aid, child soldiers, famine, diseases, and displaced people have created a context for war crimes and crimes against humanity. At the end of… Read More


By Nicholas Boland-Cairney, Blog Writer   In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and the United States, the new Canadian Government’s decision to withdraw Canadian CF-18 fighter jets from the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria (ISIL/ISIS) is raising eyebrows. A considerable number of articles have been written which both… Read More


Solaye Snider, Blog Writer   After over a year of delays, the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) was formally released to the public at the end of October. The report confirms that “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes” have been committed by both rebels and government forces, making several recommendations on how… Read More