Directors

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


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


By Maria Simeonova, STAND Canada Policy Director As two of STAND’s primary regions of focus, STAND is alarmed by recent and continuous developments concerning Myanmar and South Sudan. Over the course of the last few months, the humanitarian situation in both countries has deteriorated. Separate United Nations Special Panel Commissions within Myanmar and South Sudan… Read More


A special guest blog post by Victoria Fleming, STAND Canada’s Chapters Co-Director   What does it mean to live in a culture of impunity for sexual violence? Perhaps it’s a country where victim blaming is deeply engrained in a society’s understanding of gender-based crimes. Many might argue that it’s simply a product of living in… Read More


By Kristen Pue, Advocacy Director Today, on October 17, 2014 – the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – we should reflect on the link between genocide and poverty. While the goals of creating a world without genocide and eliminating poverty may seem distinct, they are in fact interconnected. This is because poverty is… Read More