U.S. Policy

Senators call for more U.S. action on Sudan

On July 11, 2014, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Christopher Coons (D-DE), wrote a letter to President Obama expressing deep concern over the escalating violence in Sudan. The Senators urged the Obama Administration to elevate its current efforts toward addressing the violence in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile, as well as to strengthen the existing mandate to “ensure the protection of civilians, improve humanitarian access, and seek sustainable political resolutions.”  Read More »

Ford Sustainability Report 2013/2014 - A Step in the Right Direction

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Unlike in the electronics industry, where tech giants Intel and HP have established themselves as industry leaders in the effort to source 3TG responsibly, the automotive industry has largely lacked a conflict-free champion. Lately, however, Ford has taken steps to distinguish itself as a potential catalyst for industry-wide change. Though much more work must be done to bring the conflict-free initiative to the automotive industry, Ford’s Sustainability Report 2013/2014 is a step in the right direction.  Read More »

The Hill Op-ed: Freezing Bank Accounts and Tracing Assets: America's New Front Line

Pundits and policymakers alike increasingly push the narrative that America’s influence is waning and that it lacks the leadership to get anything done internationally. Despite the rhetoric plastered across editorial columns, a quiet, but ruthlessly effective effort is targeting and punishing international criminal actors and regimes on America’s newest front lines: the international financial system. Akshaya Kumar and Ken Sofer explain why Congress should give the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control the resources necessary for an expanded mission.  Read More »

Seventy-eight international human rights groups call for a fresh U.S. approach to Sudan and South Sudan

Seventy-eight international human rights groups, including the Enough Project and Humanity United, joined together today to call for a fresh approach to U.S. policy on the war-torn countries of Sudan and South Sudan.  Read More »

VICE News Op-ed: Sudan's Silent Suffering Is Getting Worse

Sudan may be the world’s most murderous conflict. But the suffering of its people has been obscured, redacted, made silent. It is almost unfathomable that things could get worse, yet today the scale of violence is rising to unprecedented levels. The situation may sound hopeless - but that is not the case, as George Clooney and John Prendergast explain.
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“It is our responsibility to participate in government intentionally and to be purposeful and compassionate citizens.”

Students from Calvin Christian High School visit Representative Keith Ellison.

Calvin Christian High School student and guest blogger, Lydia Marcus, recounts the feeling of power she gained to personally make a difference in the world following a recent class trip to Washington, D.C.  Read More »

Enough Project on Historic Dodd-Frank Conflict Mineral Disclosures to SEC

Date: 
Jun 2, 2014

 

Enough Project on Historic Dodd-Frank Conflict Mineral Disclosures to SEC
US Companies Reveal Today If Products Fund Atrocities

 

Today is the deadline for companies to disclose any conflict minerals in their product supply chains to the Securities and Exchange Commission in compliance with Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

“It’s an historic day in the fight against corporate abuses in supply chains,” said Sasha Lezhnev. “For the first time ever, electronics and other companies are disclosing whether or not rape and mass killing are part of their supply chains. But the conflict in Congo is not over, and we still need to see more action from jewelers and the U.S. government to fight against conflict gold.”

“For years, electronics, jewelry, and other companies turned a blind eye to what was inside their supply chains. With today’s filings to the SEC, they can no longer do that,” said Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast. “From now on, consumers can look under the hood and judge for themselves whether the maker of their smart phone or necklace is getting rid of blood minerals from Congo and make an informed choice when they go shopping.”

“The Dodd-Frank law on conflict minerals has already had a major impact on deadly armed groups in eastern Congo, helping demilitarize 67% of mines for 3 out of 4 conflict minerals and take away lucrative revenue sources from warlords such as ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Cobra’, added Lezhnev. “Today’s disclosures by electronics and other companies help move that process forward. Electronics and jewelry companies now need to move forward and make fully conflict-free products that include certified minerals from Congo.”

As a part of the U.S. Government's Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law in July 2010, Section 1502 requires companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to trace the sources of their tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold minerals and disclose whether or not they are sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring countries. The reporting requirements mandate the auditing and disclosure of mineral supply chains, relating to products that use those minerals, and provides the commercial leverage to catalyze reform.

PREDICTED COSTS TO BUSINESSES WERE OVERSTATED

“As companies file, we are finding that their actual costs of implementing Dodd-Frank are much lower than what lobbyists estimated. For a $1 billion company, the real cost of filing is approximately $150,000, according to industry experts Claigan Environmental, continued Lezhnev.” This is in large part due to the fact that most companies can use the industry-wide systems set up by Intel, Motorola Solutions, and industry leaders, particularly the Conflict-Free Smelter Program.”

The Enough Project introduced a new consumer action to demand that electronics and other companies work to build fully conflict-free products and source clean minerals from Congo. Enough publishes conflict mineral company rankings and has worked with companies like Intel and others to rid their product supply chains of conflict minerals fueling the deadly decades-old conflict in the Congo.

The Enough Project also runs campaigns and programs including Raise Hope for Congo and the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative.

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson on this topic, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more:  www.enoughproject.org.

Omer Ismail Speaks at Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing on Sudan

Omer Ismail presents at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission briefing in the U.S

On May 20, Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail presented at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives. The briefing, which included former U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman and citizen journalist Ryan Boyette, focused on the ongoing human rights violations and the escalation of violence throughout Sudan.  Read More »

STATEMENT: Enough Project on Sanctions Against Individuals in Central African Republic

Date: 
May 14, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2014

CONTACT: 

Alec Saslow: Alec@FitzGibbonmedia.com720.319.4948

Christina DiPasquale: Christina@FitzGibbonmedia.com202.716.1953

STATEMENT: Enough Project on Sanctions Against Individuals in 
Central African Republic

Following the announcement that President Obama is authorizing the imposition of sanctions against five individuals for fueling violence in the Central African Republic, Kasper Agger, field researcher at the Enough Project, issued the following statement.

“The announcement from the President is an important step forward to hold those most responsible for the continuing violence accountable and work towards a peace process. But authorizing sanctions is only part of a multi-pronged solution and disarmament strategy that should target all armed groups. A comprehensive approach to stem the violence across the country should also focus on the political peace and reconciliation process, combined with support for the transitional government and the justice system to end impunity.” 

Earlier this month, the Enough Project released Behind the Headlines: Drivers of Violence in the Central African Republic,” which provided a comprehensive analysis of the conflict and outlined the role of the illicit trade of diamonds and elephant ivory, and offered recommendations to stem the violence. 

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson about the violence in the Central African Republic and the sanctions issued by President Obama, please contact Alec Saslow (720.319.4948Alec@Fitzgibbonmedia.com) or Christina DiPasquale  (202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com)

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar

Date: 
May 9, 2014
For Immediate Release: 9 May 2014
Contact: Alec Saslow, 720 319 4948alec@fitzgibbonmedia.com 
 
STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar
 
Today, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to a peace deal after a five-month conflict.
 
Said Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast:
 
"This deal is in part the fruit of Secretary Kerry's personal diplomacy during his trip the previous week.  It is a crucial first step towards ending the horrors being perpetrated against civilians on the battleground that has become South Sudan.  We will know very quickly whether the parties are serious, as they are right now poised to attack each other in a number of volatile locations on the front lines of the war.  It is crucial to deploy the regional civilian protection force and ceasefire monitors to ensure some measure of compliance. If this falls apart, the fighting will enter an even bloodier phase as the stakes continue to increase.”
 
Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar added:

"This agreement comes at a critical moment for South Sudan, where disturbing bouts of violence along ethnic lines have raised the specter of genocide. Still, while necessary, this agreement is not sufficient for a lasting and durable peace. For that, much more inclusive negotiations and reconciliation including a wider range of stakeholders will be necessary, otherwise it's hard to see how this deal will make a difference on the ground.”

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Alec Saslow (720.319.4948Alec@Fitzgibbonmedia.com) or Christina DiPasquale  (202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com).

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

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