Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer The Rohingya are an ethnic Muslim minority living in the Rakhine region of western Myanmar. The Rohingya have faced institutionalized discrimination by the state for decades. These stateless people are seen by the Government of Myanmar as refugees from bordering Bangladesh; however, early Muslim settlements in the region can be traced… Read More


Kitty Shephard, Blog Writer Sudan has been under the rule of President Omar Al-Bashir since 1989. Al-Bashir’s presidency, gained through a military coup, is widely viewed as illegitimate. His recent re-election extends his 25 year rule and has elicited varied responses from the international community. Internally, the National Elections Committee (NEC) reported cases of forgery… Read More


Solaye Snider, Blog Writer United Nations (UN) officials recently declared that the Central African Republic (CAR) has reached a “critical stage” in its political transition to peace and stability. Violence and civil unrest continues and over 2.7 million people remain in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The next step in the planned transition is a… Read More


Victoria Fleming, Blog Writer As the South Sudanese War continues, a resolution through diplomatic peace talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) seems impossible. After fourteen months of destruction and terror, the deaths of tens of thousand South Sudanese civilians, and over two million displaced persons, the credibility of the peace talks between… Read More


Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer The Indigenous Uighur ethnic Muslim minority in China’s western Xinjiang region has been in constant dispute with the Central Chinese authorities since 1949. Authorities have curtailed the Uighurs’ religious, economic and cultural activities in line with Communist China’s opposition to religion. Lately, authorities have also increased action against Uighurs after street… Read More


Solaye Snider, Blog Writer The final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), conceived to “investigate and document the history and intergenerational legacy of residential schools,” is due to be released in late June of this year.  It is expected that the release of the TRC’s report will again spark “a national debate” about whether… Read More


Evan Gray, Blog Writer In 2010, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) elected its first semi-civilian government since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. Since then, the country has experienced a period of rapid reform under President Thein Sein, leader of the military-dominated Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). Although recent reversals have caused many to… Read More


Chad Rickaby, Blog Writer The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly. Antonio Guiterres, the second term High Commissioner, has stated that the situation in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis since the Rwandan genocide. The resulting refugee crisis is a tragic humanitarian disaster that should be considered of direct concern to the global community.… Read More