For over five decades the Republic of Sudan has suffered from a poor human rights record and an inability to establish peace domestically or with its neighbours. The recent history of Sudan is blemished with records of slavery, ethnic cleansing, the military exploitation of children, and the abuse of prisoners. The current president, Omar al-Bashir, has been accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes, and an arrest warrant has been issued for him by the International Criminal Court.
The western region of Sudan is home to notorious war in Darfur between the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement. With more than 400,000 dead in the past decade, the war in Darfur requires multilateral assistance, attention, and awareness to be significantly scaled up. Local conflicts have had serious spillover effects, and risk destabilizing the rest of the region. The ongoing genocide in this region has been an area of focus for STAND Canada, and it will remain so as the conflict continues to evolve. STAND is not only seeking to better understand how the conflict is changing over time, but to also more effectively assess and address the issues in this region and to provide practical recommendations.