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Medium Op-ed: Sudan: Hidden Economic Stakes in Ongoing Power Struggle

Sudan
Medium Op-ed: Sudan: Hidden Economic Stakes in Ongoing Power Struggle
This op-ed originally appeared on Medium and was written by Suliman Baldo, Senior Policy Adviser at the Enough Project ...
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U.S. Treasury Sanctions Entities for Their Role in South Sudan’s Devastating Conflict

South Sudan
 The Sentry welcomes the announcement today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that it has sanctioned three individuals, Gregory Vasili, Israel Ziv, and Obac William Olawo, for their roles in South Sudan’s conflict.  Six entities owned or controlled by two of the aforementioned individuals were also designated pursuant to Executive Order 13664 ...
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“CONGO STORIES” As Historic Elections Loom in DR Congo, New Book Details Unparalleled History of International Exploitation, Greed, and Heroism

D.R. Congo
Out today, the new book "CONGO STORIES: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed," coauthored by Enough Project Founding Director John Prendergast and Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba, featuring photographs by Ryan Gosling, arrives at a critical moment. The Democratic Republic of Congo, which has suffered the deadliest war since World War II, faces a crucial month with hotly contested elections scheduled two days before Christmas. The authors are donating 100 percent of their proceeds to create a Congo Stories Upstander Fund, which will provide support to many of the Congolese heroes profiled in the book in their efforts to create ...
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Congo’s Conflict Gold Rush: Bringing Gold into the Legal Trade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

D.R. Congo
Congo's Conflict Gold Rush: Bringing Gold into the Legal Trade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
A trade in illegally mined and smuggled “conflict gold” is fueling both high-level military corruption and violent rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a new report by the Enough Project. “Congo’s Conflict Gold Rush: Bringing gold into the legal trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” by the Enough Project’s Fidel Bafilemba and Sasha Lezhnev, offers an in-depth portrait of the conflict gold supply chain, from muddy artisanal mines where gold is dug out with shovels and pick-axes, through illicit transport routes in Uganda, Burundi, and Dubai. Based on seven months of field research ...
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The Impact of Dodd-Frank and Conflict Minerals Reforms on Eastern Congo’s War

Just four years after enactment of historic Dodd-Frank “conflict minerals” legislation, a new investigative report by the Enough Project identifies early signs of success, with many lucrative mines in eastern Congo no longer controlled by violent armed groups responsible for mass atrocities, rape, and grave violations of human rights ...
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Crafting a Viable DDR Strategy for Congo

Implementing a viable and effective national strategy on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, or DDR, of ex-combatants of armed groups in eastern Congo is an urgent issue in the regional peace process for the Democratic Republic of Congo, argues a new Enough report ...
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Clouds over Congo’s Progress

Following the military defeat of the M23 rebel group in eastern Congo in November 2013 and the unprecedented desire of several other armed groups to surrender in subsequent weeks, “The region is going through a period of renewed turbulence,” United Nations Special Envoy Mary Robinson said on January 13, 2014 ...
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Mary Robinson’s Next Steps to Help End Congo’s Deadly War

Mary Robinson's Next Steps to Help End Congo's Deadly War
Peace has a better chance to take root in eastern Congo now than at any time since the cycle of conflict began in the early to mid-1990s. This report analyzes the factors that contribute to the unique role the U.N. special envoy Mary Robinson can play in establishing a more comprehensive and inclusive peace process that addresses the core drivers of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
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From Congress to Congo: Turning the Tide on Conflict Minerals, Closing Loopholes, and Empowering Miners

From Congress to Congo: Turning the Tide on Conflict Minerals, Closing Loopholes, and Empowering Miners
The tide on conflict minerals is starting to turn but more must be done to close loopholes that still allow smuggling. The most recent outbreak of violence in eastern Congo, spawned by the Rwanda-backed M23 rebellion, has economic interests at its core, as the rebels and their patrons are resolved to preserve their access to Congolese land and natural resources, including minerals. However, this masks noteworthy progress that companies and governments have made over the past 18 months to significantly diminish the ability of armed groups to generate income from conflict minerals ...
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