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A recent comprehensive study conducted by the Enough Project highlights the system of violent kleptocracy that President Joseph Kabila and his associates have used to rule the Democratic Republic of Congo, with strong parallels to Mobutu Sese Seko, King Leopold II of Belgium, and Laurent Kabila. Analysis through the lens of violent kleptocracy explains several current developments in Congo: e.g. President Kabila’s attempt to subvert a democratic transition; the conflict in eastern Congo and the associated conflict minerals trade that has benefited officials in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo; and the bribery and poverty associated with extracting copper and cobalt from the Katanga region.

 

Policies designed to reform this system must focus on creating significant consequences for those officials and their international facilitators that benefit from the kleptocracy and violence in order to hold them accountable and ensure the country’s wealth benefits its citizens.

Tell National Security Advisor Susan Rice to hold corrupt Congolese officials and their international facilitators accountable.
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Recent investigative research and reporting by The Sentry has helped expose the kleptocratic system in South Sudan and identified the policy tools of financial pressure that can be deployed against corrupt South Sudanese officials who are involved in mass atrocities and their international facilitators. Top officials engage in murky business deals and buy expensive properties outside the country while millions of citizens face food insecurity, human rights abuses, and displacement.
 
The financial tools that have been deployed successfully to counter terrorism and organized crime can be used to help stop the war and atrocities in South Sudan. Combining readily available anti-money laundering measures with targeted sanctions on top regime officials and their international facilitators, combined with robust enforcement, can help build real leverage over those fomenting and benefitting from conflict.

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With over 5 million people in need of aid across the country, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and his government continue to target civilians and attack their own people. It is time for a new approach to endthese conflicts, and the U.S. has an important window of opportunity to do so by working to cut off the international funding streams allowing this regime to maintain its operations and carry out atrocities.

 

Read Enough's latest report, "Modernizing Sanctions for Sudan: Unfinished Business for the Obama Administration." or its accompanying two-page brief.

 

Let your leaders know atrocity crimes should not pay.

Tell President Obama: Take a New Approach to Sudan Sanctions

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The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act would allow the President to impose sanctions on non-U.S. citizens guilty of human rights abuses, with specific focus on those responsible for corruption and abuses committed against others seeking to expose illegal activities of government officials. It additionally bolsters the Congressional role in referring names for designation and providing real oversight.  A companion bill has already passed the Senate!

 

This April, for Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, let your leaders know atrocity crimes shouldn’t pay.

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