December 2011

Refugees from Blue Nile, Sudan: Civilians Caught in the Middle

“We are civilians,” said Adam, a Blue Nile refugee who had fled his home two months earlier. “We are like children in a family; you don’t make decisions.”

Adam was responding to a question posed by Enough about whether he, Boles, and the other men who had gathered, sensed political tensions in their state prior to the outbreak of conflict that drove them from their homes.  Read More »

Congo, Industry, Environmental Experts Make Joint Call for Rules on Conflict Minerals

It is no longer a question of should the international community tackle the logistics of cleaning up the supply chain of conflict minerals from eastern Congo, but how to address the crisis through our globalized economy.

A panel of leading policy makers, experts from the private sector, and faith leaders echoed this sentiment during an event last week held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Read More »

Kabila Sworn In Despite Lack of Legitimacy

Congolese President Joseph Kabila was sworn in today for another five-year term by the Congolese Supreme Court in the capital of Kinshasa, amid high tensions and questions of legitimacy. Irregularities and fraud marred voting day on November 28 and the week-long count, which led a number of electoral observation missions including the Carter Center, the European Union, and the Catholic Church to deem the process unreliable.  Read More »

Filling Sudan’s ‘Fiscal Gap:’ A Question of the International Community’s Generosity or of Limiting Khartoum’s Defense Budget?

Late last month, representatives from the Sudanese and South Sudanese governments met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel, or AUHIP, for yet another round of negotiations on outstanding North-South issues. Central among these issues are “financial transitional arrangements,” a euphemism for how much money Juba, along with, perhaps, the international community, can pay Khartoum to offset Sudan’s “fiscal gap” resulting from South Sudan’s secession.  Read More »

Coalition of Human Rights Groups and Advocates Calls for International Action on Congo Elections

The Enough Project along with a coalition of human rights advocates and conflict analysis NGOs—including Eastern Congo Initiative, Humanity United, International Crisis Group, Open Society Foundations, Eastern Congo Initiative Fellow Anthony W. Gambino, Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, and Congo analyst and author Jason Stearns—released a statement yesterday expressing concern over the lack of response from the U.S. government and other donor nations in dealing with the growing crisis of legitimacy in the Congo over recent elections.  Read More »

Sudan: Comprehensive Peace Agreement and South Sudan Independence

This week's post in the series Enough 101 is the second of two posts offering a brief history of Sudan, and covers the time period beginning in 2002 with the Comprehensive Peace Agreeement negotiations through 2011 with the independence of South Sudan.  Read More »

Photo Exhibit of Refugees and Press Conference Push Congress for Action on Sudan

In the foyer of the Rayburn Congressional Office Building on December 14th the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, or USCIRF, sponsored a press conference and photo exhibition where two prominent representatives in the Sudan caucus, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Frank Wolfe (R-VA), advocated passionately for the human rights of the Sudanese people while photos of refugees at Yida refugee camp who fled Blue Nile and South Kordofan states  were on prominent display.  Read More »

The End of the LRA? John Prendergast and Experts Discuss the Recent U.S. Deployment and Next Steps

In October, the Obama administration announced the deployment of approximately 100 U.S. military personnel to Central Africa to help end the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA.  For those who have advocated for increased efforts to put an end to Joseph Kony and his LRA’s reign of terror, the deployment was a welcomed step in the Obama administration’s implementation of its LRA strategy. However, concerns still linger about the failures of past military operations and peace processes, and the numerous efforts needed to foster peace, stability and justice in the region. To address these concerns, Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast joined a panel of experts to discuss further efforts needed to end the LRA, and how to bring peace to the affected region.  Read More »

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ICC Chief Addresses Alleged Crimes in Darfur, Enough Urges the Expansion of the ICC’s Mandate

Earlier today,Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal CourtLuis Moreno-Ocampo briefed the UN Security Council about the situation in Darfur, urging the international community to act on the Court’s arrest warrants for Sudanese officials and lambasting Chad and Malawi, which are both State parties to the ICC, for failing to arrest President Bashir on recent visits.

But the crimes of these individuals do no stop in Darfur. In addition to well-documented instances of indiscriminate bombing and forced displacement of civilian populations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, there is evidence of ethnic cleansing of the Nuba people on the part of the government of Sudan.  Read More »