In this guest post, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) announces the passage of the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act today and commends the activists who mobilized to give a voice to the people who have long suffered under the LRA in central Africa. Read More »
Yesterday, my colleagues at the Enough Project and I had the great honor of participating in a special briefing co-hosted by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) on the illicit minerals trade and epidemic of sexual violence in eastern Congo. Read More »
As The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009 (S.1067/H.R. 2478) moves closer to final passage by both the House and Senate and on to President Obama’s desk, here is a short guide to this important and historic piece of legislation Read More »
In this guest post, Mia Newman of STAND at Stanford writes about an impressive move by a panel overseeing the university's investments that could lead Stanford to consider a company's efforts to combat conflict minerals before investing university money. Read More »
The conflict in eastern Congo is being fueled by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals essential to our electronic products. Over five million people have died as a result, and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped over the past decade. The armed groups perpetuating the violence generate an estimated $183 million each year by trading in four main minerals -- tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold. Learn about current legislative efforts that begin to address the violence in Congo.
There will be a press availability outside the Senate Finance Committee Room from 3:15-3:30 p.m.
WHAT: Press Availability on Congo: Cell Phones, Conflict Minerals, and the Worst Sexual Violence in the World.
It's been a big week for the Conflict Minerals Trade Act, or H.R. 4128. Not only did the bill pass out of the Foreign Affairs Committee, bringing it one step closer to becoming law, it also picked up four new cosponsors, making the total 39. Read More »