Commentary

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 Farah Bogani, STAND Canada Blog Writer   Gender has played a central strategic role throughout ISIS’ genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people. However, news coverage has often neglected this wider aspect of the destruction of the Yazidi population. If international legal and humanitarian responses are to deal effectively with the ongoing genocide, it is… Read More


By Liam Nolan, STAND Canada Blog Writer   The United Nations has declared that South Sudan has an impending risk of famine, marking the first time that a country has faced this sort of catastrophe in six years. Approximately 5.5 million people are at risk of not having a reliable food source by July. People… Read More


Special Guest Post by STAND Canada Policy Director Maria Simeonova   Prior to the January 20th inauguration, the Trump administration had already begun talks on suspending or altogether dismantling former President Obama’s Dodd-Frank Act, specifically section 1502 responsible for addressing conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Section 1502 of the rule… Read More


Blog shared with permission. Original post appeared January 27 on STAND USA website.   By Francesca Freeman, STAND USA’s National Student Director for the 2016-2017 school year.   “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I… Read More