A Semester in Review
Many of STAND’s conflict zones have been witness to progress towards peace; the first democratic elections in Burma were held in November, a ceasefire was declared between the South Sudanese government and opposition groups, and most recently, a UN Security Council Resolution called for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria. Several conflict zones have also seen more concerning developments; Russian airstrikes against Syria claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians, summary executions became a regular occurrence in Burundi, and attacks against Muslims mounted in Central African Republic. As STAND enters another year of mass-atrocities prevention and continues to cover developments in areas where genocidal violence has persisted, we have compiled the landmark events of 2015 in each of our conflict zones.
Central and West Africa Conflict Coordinator Ruhi Bhaidani has compiled key developments in CAR beginning with a failed ceasefire deal in January, and ending with the December presidential election.
Ruhi Bhaidani serves as Central and West Africa Conflict Coordinator, and has been a STAND member for over four years. As president of her high school’s STAND for Peace club, she organized a concert to draw attention to ongoing genocidal violence around the world. Ruhi is a freshman at the University of Chicago.