Policy Analysis

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


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


By Liam Nolan, STAND Canada Blog Writer   US President Donald Trump’s banning of travel from seven majority-Muslim countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Somalia, and Libya) and suspension of the US’s refugee intake has drawn condemnation from several countries, human rights organizations, and even the United Nations. In response to this radical change in… 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