Democratic Republic of the Congo

By Evan Gray, Blog Writer Since January 2nd, the deadline for the surrender of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), UN and Congolese forces have begun preparations for a major military offensive against the Hutu rebel group, which has wreaked havoc in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since its formation in… Read More


By Evan Gray, Blog Writer On Friday, the 12th of December, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, officially shelved the Court’s investigation into war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region until further notice. Despite over 9 years of investigation and the existence of 5 outstanding arrest warrants in the case, Bensouda, blaming the… Read More


With its enormous size and almost unparalleled bounty of natural resources, you might expect the Democratic Republic of Congo to be one of the most developed countries in Africa. However, history has been unkind to this rich and fertile country. Decades of brutal rule by Belgian colonialists have been followed by years of dictatorship and… Read More


STAND Canada is proud to support the Conflict Minerals Act, also known as Bill C-486. The bill, introduced March 26th, 2013, would require Canadian companies to exercise internationally recognized due diligence standards to keep mined minerals from fueling conflict and funding groups engaged in human rights abuses. The Conflict Minerals Act is is set to… Read More


A summary of the news from the Sudans and the DRC the past two weeks. Click on the title for the full article. Sudan & South Sudan Sudan Permits U.N. Food Aid to Enter Blue Nile and South Kordofan On April 4, the World Food Programme announced that for the first time since war broke… Read More


The STAND Digest makes it easy to stay up-to-date on everything that happens around Canadian foreign policy, the Sudans and the DRC.  Every month, our team of researchers and analysts put together a document containing everything you need to know, in addition to including Stand’s top policy recommendations for the Canadian government. This month, we… Read More


Yesterday marked a huge step forward for Canada, as MP Paul Dewar of the NDP tabled a federal bill on conflict minerals, asking companies for transparency and accountability when sourcing minerals from the Great Lakes Region & Congo! The Conflict Minerals Act (Bill C-486) was introduced to the Canadian House of Commons at a press release yesterday. The bill seeks… Read More


A summary of the news from the Sudans and the DRC the past two weeks. Click on the title for the full article. Sudan & South Sudan U.N. Agrees with Amnesty International: South Sudan’s Army Committing Human Rights Abuses On October 4, the United Nations in South Sudan (UNMISS) expressed its support for Amnesty International’s… Read More


A summary of the news from the Sudans and the DRC the past two weeks. Click on the title for the full article. SUDAN & SOUTH SUDAN Sudanese Plane Crash Kills All Passengers, Including State Officials “Bad weather conditions” are said to be the cause of the no-survivor plane crash in the mountains near Talodi… Read More


A summary of the news from the Sudans and the DRC the past two weeks. Click on the title for the full article. SUDAN & SOUTH SUDAN Sudans End Oil Dispute On August 4, Sudan and South Sudan reportedly resolved one of the most important disputes that had brought these two countries close to war—compensation… Read More