Conflict Minerals

One Step Closer to Certification, but U.S. Leadership Needed

Gold in palm (S.Lezhnev)

In a conference that facilitated breakthrough dialogue, the 11 countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, donors, industry leaders, and NGOs met in Kenya last week to hammer out standards for an international certification scheme for tracking conflict minerals from Congo and its surrounding countries.  Read More »

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Judd, Prendergast Call For Certification Scheme

Today, CNN.com published an opinion piece co-penned by Judd and Prendergast calling for action on a U.S.-led certification scheme for conflict minerals.  Read More »

Groups Meet to Hash Out Guidelines Aimed at Conflict Minerals

The new U.S. law on conflict minerals is an impressive step toward regulating the trade in minerals that help fund armed groups in Congo. But given the many different actors and countries involved in the supply chain, a broader commitment  is required to make a due diligence mechanism loophole-free, writes Sarah Zingg Wimmer in this guest post.  Read More »

Building Momentum for a Conflict-Free Campus: Lessons from Stanford

Last year, the STAND chapter at Stanford University claimed an impressive success bringing a conflict-mineral-conscious investment policy to campus. STAND co-president and guest blogger Mia Newman describes how they made it happen.  Read More »

Ashley Judd Confronts Africa's Deadly Minerals Issue

Date: 
Sep 8, 2010

CNN.com: Ashley Judd confronts Africa's deadly mineral issue

Editor's note: Ashley Judd traveled to eastern Congo, her second time to the region, with John Prendergast of the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress (http://www.enoughproject.org/). Since 2003, Ashley has traveled the world visiting vulnerable populations, especially girls and women, focusing on grassroots solutions that transform and save lives. Amongst other affiliations, she serves on the board of Population Services International. For more information on the campaign against conflict minerals visit raisehopeforcongo.org.

With a dozen humanitarian missions behind her, Ashley Judd has ventured to Africa to challenge the relationship between valuable minerals and unspeakable violence.

She's meeting this week with local businessmen, officials and victims of rape and other atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to raise awareness about the issue of conflict minerals.

Natural resources such as tin, tantalum and tungsten -- which are used to make the world's cell phones, computers and other electronics -- fuel continued violence in Congo, especially mass rapes.

 

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Saber-Rattling in the Kivus: Rwandan Troops in Walikale

Congo woman and soldiers (AP)

Rwandan troops wearing Congolese army uniforms are turning up in the key mining area of Walikale, civilian and military sources tell Enough, just a week after news spread of an alleged agreement between Presidents Kabila and Kagame to grant the Rwandan army permission to launch an operation on Congolese soil.  Read More »

Secretary Clinton and Congo's Enough Moment

Every once in a while during the course of a war, a confluence of factors comes together to provide a window of opportunity for real change. Congo is on the precipice of its own Enough Moment.  Read More »

Major Opportunity for Congo

Thanks to our supporters raising their passionate voices and taking action over the past year, the direct links between brutal campaigns of violence and the thirst for control over eastern Congo’s lucrative minerals are now widely recognized.  Read More »

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