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By Farah Bogani, STAND Canada Blog Writer   Since 2011, the government of Myanmar has been undergoing political reform culminating in the November 2015 victory of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and ‘champion of human rights and democracy’: Aung San Suu Kyi. Her victory has been hailed as a turning point from repression to democracy even… Read More


By Liam Nolan, Blog Writer   On December 23rd, 2016, the UN Security Council voted on a resolution to place embargoes on arms sales to South Sudan in order to prevent ethnic violence in the country from escalating. However, eight countries (Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Venezuela, Angola, Egypt and Senegal) abstained from voting on the… Read More


By Htay Tint, Blog Writer   Justin Trudeau addressed newly arrived Syrian refugees in 2016: “First of all, thank you for being here. And thank you for the gorgeous smiles I see. This is a wonderful night where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we… Read More


By Tasha Simpson, Blog Writer   When individuals immigrate to Canada relying on the ILP, known as the Immigration Loan Program, they face many challenging barriers, including but not limited to, familiarization with the language, culture shock, obtaining a job, finding schooling or finding a respectable place to reside. Some individuals may face more challenges… Read More


By Laura Truesdell, Blog Writer   Of all the categories of immigrants accessing the Immigration Loan Program (ILP), approximately 98% are Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) or Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs). A study of the program between 2008 and 2012, prior to the influx of Syrian refugees to Canada, shows that:         43.7% of loan recipients came… Read More


By Nicholas Boland-Cairney, Blog Writer   The world has witnessed Syrian pro-government forces make significant advances on rebel-held Eastern Aleppo throughout October and November, increasing the strain on the already limited amount of emergency services and infrastructure available. Between the shelling and numerous casualties, the rebels have managed to muster the will to launch counter-offensives… 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


By Farah Bogani, Blog Writer   On October 25th 2016, Canadian parliament unanimously passed a motion to resettle members of the Islamic State (ISIL)-targeted Yazidi community in Canada by February 2017. For years, the predominantly Kurdish religious minority has been subjected to the brutality of ISIL whose use of sexual slavery, prevention of Yazidi births,… Read More


By Nicholas Boland-Cairney, Blog Writer           Out of the 4.5 million people who have fled Syria since the onset of the civil war, a mere 162,151 have been offered resettlement. The vast majority await their fate in camps throughout Syria’s neighboring countries. It’s no wonder that an overwhelming amount of international… Read More