Author: Communications Director

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By Guneet Singh Johar,  STAND Canada Blog Writer On May 12, 2018 Iraqi citizens headed to the election polls to cast their vote to determine who would become the new leader of Iraq. This marks the first election since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been defeated. However, two months have passed… Read More


By Ammna Nasser,  STAND Canada Blog Writer Women are affected by war in a unique manner. Gender inequality is exacerbated during a conflict, an unfortunate reality currently facing Iraq and Syria. Today in Syria, women and children comprise a majority of refugees and internally displaced people. It is a key driver of poverty and vulnerability,… Read More


By Banin Abdul Khaliq, STAND Canada Blog Writer In 2011, South Sudan finally gained independence from Sudan, becoming the world’s newest country. Merely two years later, the young nation was engulfed in civil war, following a power struggle over Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) between SPLM chairman, President Salva Kiir, and his then Vice President… Read More


By Ekta Singla, STAND Canada Policy Team Member and guest Blog Writer   Research shows that public opinion on Canadian defence priorities is divided with people feeling strongly about how funds should be allocated between domestic and international affairs, and military spending. It is perhaps this lack of public consensus that prompted the government to… Read More


By Ekta Singla, STAND Canada Policy Researcher and Special Guest Blog Writer   International aid programmes to war torn countries have been met with mixed reactions from human rights activists, NGOs and foreign policy researchers, as it promotes in  dictatorial regimes a lack of responsibility for the poor living conditions of its own people, and hurts… Read More


By Maria Simeonova, STAND Canada Policy Director   The Myanmar government continues to willfully neglect the ongoing atrocities against 1.1 million marginalized Rohingya through inflicting destruction on Rohingya homes, arson, rape and the forcible relocation into internal displacement camps (IDP camps). A recent military crackdown ensued following alleged evidence that Rohingya militants orchestrated attacks against the… Read More


By Laura Truesdell, STAND Canada Blog Writer   In response to the January summit of the African Union, where discussions began on strategizing a mass withdrawal of African nations from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Zambia has begun public consultations on whether to reaffirm its membership. At this initial summit Zambia had expressed their reservations, however… Read More


By Gloria Palubjakova, STAND Canada Policy Researcher   July 9, 2011 should have marked South Sudan’s independence from the longest running civil war in Africa, however this accomplishment has emerged as a temporary one. In 2015, attempts towards a peace deal through threats of sanctions by the UN were ineffective. The failure of the UN Security… Read More


By STAND Canada Blog Writer, Liam Nolan   The international community has come together repeatedly to chastise Myanmar’s government for its treatment of their Rohingya Muslim minority. However, at the center of the growing crisis is the country’s lack of transparency. The nation has banned journalists and humanitarian workers from entering Rakhine State, where the… Read More