February 2012

Why the Most Dangerous Places to Women Threaten Global Peace and Security

Sexual and gender-based violence, or SGBV, does not just affect an individual but also has the power to permeate an entire community. Often these acts are carried out during periods of conflict or post-conflict transitions when rule of law is weak and a culture of impunity reigns.

In the Congo alone an estimated 48 women are raped every hour, according to a study published last year by the American Journal of Public Health. The prevalence of SGBV in Congo indicates a systematic breakdown of societal norms, paving the way for further violence and destruction.  Read More »

Why Crisis Mapping Requires a Moral Compass

Good intentions alone are no match for regimes and their security agents bent on silencing dissent. For protesters on the ground in a country in turmoil and for activists overseas utilizing crisis mapping and social media to raise attention to their plight, the novelty of the technology and the creativity it enables has the potential to overshadow the harm that could be done if sensitive information gets into the wrong hands.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Girifna Detainees Released, Some Still in Prison as Media Notes Hint of Sudan’s Arab Spring

With conflict flaring in several regions of Sudan and a political showdown with South Sudan over oil threatening to spur an even more severe economic downturn, is Sudan’s Arab Spring in the making?

Without a broader movement to back them up, the young activists who are mobilizing in the streets and on campuses face serious risks, without knowing if their sacrifices will spark the changes they seek. Girifna, one group at the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, has seen all too clearly the perils of challenging the status quo and contending with Sudan’s nefarious intelligence and security apparatus, known as NISS.  Read More »

The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur: To Be Or Not To Be?

The commission monitoring the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, or DDPD, convened its second meeting in El Fasher, Darfur last month. But some separate statements by prominent Darfuri leaders who aren’t part of the Doha process highlight the need for a forthright assessment of what the DDPD can tangibly accomplish in terms of security and lasting peace in Darfur.  Read More »

U.S. Policy in Post-Election Congo: A Complex and Long Road Ahead

The outcome of the November Congolese presidential election has gained international attention and sparked serious legitimacy concerns. In the wake of post-election tensions, Congress has reached across bipartisan lines to call for increased U.S. involvement in Congo.  Read More »

Amid Ongoing Election Insecurity, Popular North Kivu Opposition Leader Arrested

Early on the morning of February 2, Member of Parliament Bakungu Mitondeke and his family were awakened by the arrival of heavily armed soldiers that prompted a firefight between the Congolese troops and Mitondeke’s personal security guards. The Provincial Security Committee had ordered a weapon search throughout the city of Goma, including at the house of Mitondeke. Two soldiers, two policemen, and a security guard died in the skirmish, and an additional six police officers and another security guard were injured.  Read More »

Emmanuelle Chriqui: “My Personal Wake-up Call”

Actress and long-time Raise Hope for Congo supporter Emmanuelle Chriqui opened up during an interview with Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast about what moved her to take action on Congo human rights issues.  Read More »

Beja Cultural Day Highlights Plight and Resilience of Eastern Sudan Community

A diverse group of activists, diaspora, and Congressional staff came together on Capitol Hill last week to draw attention to the marginalization of the Beja people of eastern Sudan by celebrating the group’s rich history and culture. The Beja have inhabited the northeastern lands of Sudan bordering the Red Sea for roughly 6,000 years but are now struggling to maintain not only their land, property, and freedoms but also their existence as a cultural group.  Read More »

Fox News Coverage of Bible College Bombing Highlights Need for U.S. Engagement

Last week, Russian Antonov planes bombed the Heiban Bible College in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan. Fox News covered the incident through an interview with Reverend Franklin Graham, president of the Christian evangelical group Samaritan’s Purse.  Read More »