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    December 06, 2012
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    BREAKING: Reports are surfacing of the possible use of White Phosphorous by a Syrian military helicopter. White Phosphorous can cause severe chemical burns, and the smoke vapors can cause illness or even death. There also is a risk that white phosphorus residue can poison food stocks or water sources and lead to later poisoning.

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    December 06, 2012
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    A poster of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

    Last night, NBC News, citing government officials, reported that the Syrian military had completed the process of loading sarin gas into aerial bombs. These reports, if true, mean that the military is ready to deploy chemical weapons if so ordered by President Bashar al-Assad.

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    December 03, 2012
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    This is the second in a series of posts highlighting cases of statelessness throughout the world. Click here for more information about the series.

    Cambodia’s main ethnic groups consist of the majority Khmer, as well as the minority Chinese, Cham, Vietnamese, and many other minority groups, including indigenous people.

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    November 29, 2012
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     The STAND Education Team hopes you had a great break! Our news brief is a bit longer this week due to the holiday hiatus. Please also take a look at our latest post on the Banyamulenge of Eastern Congo in our Stateless People series.

    Have any questions about the conflicts? Contact us at education@standnow.org.

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    November 28, 2012
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    By Katy Lindquist, Central Africa Conflict Education Coordinator

    This is the first in a series of posts highlighting cases of statelessness throughout the world. Click here for more information about the series.

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    November 27, 2012
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    By Ann Sarnak, Princeton High School STAND 

    Sometimes we get lost in numbers. 5.4 million dead in eastern Congo since 1996. 4 million displaced throughout Darfur. More than 70,000 children abducted by the LRA since 1987. These numbers are staggering, horrifying, and also important: statistics can spur authorities to action and lend credibility and gravity to reports on mass atrocities. But we cannot forget discrete acts of aggression toward individuals, within the scope of mass atrocity, if we plan to prevent it. 

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    November 26, 2012
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    Sri Lankan Refugee Camps. Courtesy of the Guardian.

    Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, "Everyone has the right to a nationality," and, "No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his [or her] nationality nor denied the right to change his [or her] nationality."

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    November 20, 2012
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    By Jamie Sullivan, STAND alum

    My father is Seneca, one of the five nations of the Haudenosaunee (more commonly referred to as Iroquois). He left when I was ten months old. We met once in 2007. I’ve met the rest of my Seneca family members several times since. My mother is Irish and Italian.

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    November 17, 2012
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    By Carly Fabian

  • November 16, 2012
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    On Wednesday, November 14th, Education Coordinator Mac Hamilton and Founder of Darfur Women Action Group Niemat Ahmadi hosted a webinar to discuss history of the conflict in Darfur, recent developments, and how policymakers and advocates can best address new threats to stability and civilian protection. Check out the recording!

     

     

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