Grand Theft Global - Prosecuting the War Crime of Natural Resource Pillage in the Democratic Republic of the CongoHolly Dranginis, Jan 21, 2015
From the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to Al-Shabaab, many of the world’s most infamous and destabilizing armed actors today finance their activities in part through the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources. Theft in the context of armed conflict constitutes the war crime of pillage, which is punishable in most domestic jurisdictions and at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Akshaya Kumar and John Prendergast, Dec 17, 2014
There is no doubt that some form of a national dialogue will be a key ingredient to a comprehensive peace in Sudan. But, to have a transformative effect on governance, that process needs to be meaningful, genuine, and inclusive. Despite hopeful signals in September 2014, Sudan’s nascent national dialogue process is currently none of those things. As it stands right now, the dialogue’s format remains imbalanced, exclusive and restrictive. Beyond problems with the structure of the process, the Sudanese government’s actions outside of the dialogue forum have further undermined prospects for genuine discourse about the way forward. But, this could change, if the Sudanese government decides to engage meaningfully and demonstrates its commitment by fulfilling six preconditions, including an alternate neutral administration for the dialogue. International stakeholders now have an opportunity to help to rebalance power dynamics and revitalize the much-needed but deeply compromised process.
Going for Gold: Engaging the Jewelry Industry in Responsible Gold Sourcing in Africa’s Great Lakes RegionHolly Dranginis, Nov 24, 2014
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“Congo”), gold is a major financial lifeline for armed actors. Fortunately, jewelry retailers and consumers can play important roles to help end the conflict gold trade and the suffering it causes, together with the actions of governments. The Enough Project has engaged with the largest jewelry retailers in an effort to encourage companies to use their power and resources in more robust, effective ways to support responsible sourcing in Congo and the Great Lakes Region. Two companies in particular—Tiffany & Co. and Signet Jewelers—have demonstrated clear leadership in beginning to address the conflict gold issue by taking proactive steps to set up supply chain controls, contribute to solutions on the ground in Congo, and support the communities affected by mining and violence in Congo.
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Akshaya Kumar, Nov 20, 2014
Our policy analyst Akshaya Kumar argues that the desperate situation of the people in rebel-controlled areas, the Sudanese government’s aid blockade, and indiscriminate attacks on civilians, along with statements recently attributed to senior commanders in the government forces, lay the foundation for a case of crimes against humanity by extermination.
The Enough Team, Nov 20, 2014
For the third year running, the Enough Project is publishing a needs assessment conducted by anonymous researchers with access to rebel-held parts of Sudan’s South Kordofan state. An independent humanitarian expert has endorsed the methodology of the study, “Life Under Siege” which paints a holistic picture of a place where internationals are not given permission to enter.
The Enough Team, Nov 19, 2014
Today, the Enough Project, The Resolve, and Invisible Children put forward evidence that Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistence Army (LRA) is funding its capacity to commit atrocitiesby trafficking in ivory, diamonds, and gold.
Enough Team, Nov 18, 2014
Facing a deadline from the UN Security Council and regional African governments to fully demobilize or face military operations by January 2, 2015, the rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo known as the FDLR is currently regrouping, mobilizing political support, and continuing to pose a regional security threat. Based on 6 months of field research, this report outlines seven policy steps for policymakers to take to help end the FDLR.
Joint NGO letter to UN Security Council Members regarding the draft resolution on sanctions for South SudanNov 7, 2014
The Enough Project, United to End Genocide, and Voices for Sudan sent a letter today to the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council urging the Council to vote in favor of the draft resolution on global targeted sanctions currently before them.
Enough Team, Nov 4, 2014
The Enough Project, along with Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Oxfam and a coalition of other international and local human rights organizations signed a letter calling on members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to immediately impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan. We call on IGAD to issue a communiqué requesting that the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopt a resolution imposing a comprehensive international arms embargo.
Enough Team, Oct 30, 2014
In this Open Letter, 31 experts, former ambassadors, and Congolese civil society leaders provide an update on the efforts to end the conflict minerals trade funding armed groups in eastern Congo, take note of remaining challenges, and suggest strategies for achieving solutions toward lasting peace.