Blog Posts in International Institutions

Posted by Annette LaRocco on May 30, 2012

Liberian warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor, who was convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in April, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in aiding and abetting rebels during Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war. Taylor’s trial, which began in 2006 and featured testimony from 115 witnesses, is the last on the special court’s docket. Eight other perpetrators have already been sentenced.

Posted by Amanda Hsiao on May 30, 2012

Just over a year after Sudan government forces invaded the disputed border area of Abyei, the Enough Project has confirmed through several sources that Khartoum has pulled out the remaining Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, from the region. The government of Sudan has, however, left in place an unconfirmed number of Sudan government police, which actors on the ground suspect may, in fact, be SAF personnel in police uniform.

Posted by Enough Team on May 30, 2012

Tomorrow, May 31, marks Margot Wallström's last day serving as the U.N.'s Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, a position she has held since April 2010. Wallström has been a prominent figure in the fight against sexual violence in areas throughout the world, including Congo. She authored this op-ed, originally featured in the Huffington Post, which highlights the “I Am Congo” video profile of Congolese human rights lawyer Denise Siwatula.

Posted by Enough Team on May 30, 2012

They were all drawn to Congo advocacy in different ways, but Portland-based activists Amanda Ulrich, Alysha Atma, and Robert Hadley recently joined forces to convince their Oregon representatives in the U.S. Congress to take a stand to promote peace in Congo. In this guest post they describe what it took to pull off their recent advocacy success.

Posted by Sarah Zingg Wimmer on May 29, 2012

Ever since the ex-CNDP, parts of which now call themselves M23, retreated to Rutshuru territory near the border area with Rwanda and Uganda, intense fighting has broken out in various localities. Amid this intense fighting, the parties to the conflict have traded allegations of wrongdoing likely in an attempt to justify their struggle in the eyes of the Congolese people and possibly the international community.