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Daily Beast Op-ed: Mandela or Mobutu Moment in South Sudan?

Just a day after South Sudan marked its fifth anniversary as the world's newest independent country, fierce fighting between rival factions has resumed, putting the already tenuous August 2015 peace deal in jeopardy. Hundreds are alleged to have been killed in the last few days, and thousands displaced.   Read More »

The Enough Project Remembers Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

The Enough Project deeply mourns the loss earlier this week of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and staunch human rights advocate who was an instrumental force in combating genocide and crimes against humanity in our world today.  Read More »

Foreign Affairs Op-ed: Congo's Kabila Problem

Congolese President Joseph Kabila

In July of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, criticizing leaders who undemocratically change their constitutions to stay in power and emphasizing that the United States would call out such behavior. He pointed to Burundi where a few months earlier, President Pierre Nkurunziza pressured the courts to change the constitution’s term limits so that he could run for a third time. Obama warned that such a tactic could trigger “instability and strife,” as well as hamper “Africa’s democratic progress.” But his words seem to have fallen on deaf ears.  Read More »

The Hill Op-ed: Why the House Must Stop the Last-second FSGG Rider on Conflict Minerals

Yesterday, Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) filed an 11th hour amendment to the financial services appropriations bill to de-fund enforcement of the conflict minerals provision in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The amendment was adopted by the House Rules Committee and will go to the House floor for a vote today.  Read More »

New Congressional Resolutions: U.S. should use Financial Tools to support Free and Fair Elections in Congo

Congolese President Joseph Kabila

On June 13, key Members of the House of Representatives introduced a Resolution calling on the Obama Administration to impose targeted sanctions and leverage other financial pressure as one way to support  the constitution of the the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Read More »

New Report: How an Illegal Charcoal Trade is Threatening Africa’s Oldest National Park

Based on extensive field interviews with UN officials, charcoal traders, leading Congolese conservationists and whistleblowers, and local and international law enforcement officials, Enough's newest report explains how the illegal trade works and offers specific policy recommendations aimed at ending the trade and providing alternative fuels.  Read More »

Enough Project’s Policy Director Brad Brooks-Rubin Testifies before Congress on U.S. Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Brooks-Rubin testifying on June 8

On Wednesday June 8, Enough Project Policy Director, Brad Brooks-Rubin, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, convening for a session on “U.S. Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa.”  Read More »

NY Times Op-ed on South Sudan Bylined by Kiir, Machar Skirts Accountability for Atrocities

In a recent op-ed, “South Sudan Needs Truth, Not Trials,” South Sudan President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar argue that the only way to bring South Sudan together is through “an organized peace and reconciliation commission with international backing.” In this process, they argue that anyone who tells the truth concerning what they saw or did would receive amnesty from prosecution, even if he or she did not express remorse.  Read More »

Neither John Podesta nor Enough Project Connected to Podesta Group Contract with South Sudan Government

The recent article by Radio Tamazuj "Founder of 'Enough Project' parent NGO tied to payments from S Sudan gov" (June 9, 2016) inaccurately implies that John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, received funds from the government of South Sudan. This implication is wholly untrue, and the article is rife with factual errors.   Read More »

Civil Society Groups Call for Greater Governance in Global Diamond Industry

Representing the United Arab Emirates, which has come under significant scrutiny from a number of NGOs for its practices as a diamond trading hub, the Chair chose to attack and try to undermine the Civil Society Coalition. The Coalition provides an essential voice in the work of the initiative established to prevent trade in conflict diamonds, and today a number of organizations inside the Coalition and outside the KP entirely -- including the Enough Project -- issued a joint statement in response.  Read More »

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