Banke Sorinwa, Blog Writer   Despite the relatively successful general elections in Myanmar earlier this month, questions about the election’s credibility remain since not all communities and groups are permitted to vote.  It was reported that the Muslim Rohingya, ethnic Chinese and Indians were excluded from voting. Since the 2010 and 2012 elections, the temporary… Read More

Sho Shibata, Blog Writer   “Shortly before the war of 1914, an assassin whose crime was particularly repulsive was condemned to death in Algiers… [In witnessing the execution of the assassin, Camus’ father] discovered the reality hidden under the noble phrases with which it was masked. Instead of thinking of the slaughtered children, he could… Read More

Camilla Shearman, Blog Writer   As peace talks on the Syrian war resume in Vienna, the question returns to Bashar al-Assad: should he stay or should he go? Russia’s airstrike campaign in Syria, along with Iran’s recent inclusion in the peace talks – which also include the US, Russia, China, Turkey, the UK, Egypt, Iraq,… Read More

By Camilla Shearman, Blog Writer   The following excerpts are taken from STAND Canada’s Roundtable Discussion on Iraq and Syria, held on September 10th, 2015. Participating in the discussion were STAND Canada Policy Co-Director Priya Ramesh, and UBC Chapter Vice President Julian D’Souza. Moderating the discussion was STAND Canada Chapters Co-Director Adi Burton. A link… Read More

By Camilla Shearman, Blog Writer   The following is an excerpt from STAND Canada’s Roundtable Discussion on Iraq and Syria held on September 10th, 2015. Contributing to the conversation were STAND Canada’s Policy Co-Director Priya Ramesh and UBC Chapter Vice President Julian D’Souza, moderated by Chapter Co-Director Adi Burton. A link to the full discussion… Read More

By Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer   The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued multiple arrest warrants since 2009 and 2010 for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. He has been charged with several counts of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity including torture, rape and murder committed in the Darfur region in western Sudan. He has been president of… Read More

By Banke Sorinwa, Blog Writer   A child soldier is defined as any child under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including: cooks, porters, messengers, and anyone accompanying such groups other than family members as well as girls and… Read More

Special Policy Team Guest Post by Moatasim Tungekar   On September 30, 2015, two Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bombers  struck a series of alleged ‘terrorist’ targets near the cities of Homs and Hama, in Syria. This made Russia the eleventh country to launch airstrikes against Syria this year; it was preceded by Canada, the United States, France,… Read More

Special Policy Contribution – Policy Researcher Amy Reidy The stateless Rohingya ethnic minority has been described as some of ‘the world’s most persecuted people’. Recently their plight has been gaining international attention as thousands risk their lives to escape the systematic discrimination they face in Myanmar by fleeing to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Although this… Read More