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Author: Sasha Lezhnev

Watch Now: Conflict-Free Gold from Congo Now Available in US Jewelry Stores

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Watch Now: Conflict-Free Gold from Congo Now Available in US Jewelry Stores
Consumers can play a role to help end the conflict gold trade and promote a responsible gold trade.  ...
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Deadly Profits: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking through Uganda and South Sudan

Deadly Profits: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking through Uganda and South Sudan
Download the full report here. Countries that act as transit hubs for international wildlife trafficking are a critical, highly profitable part of the illegal wildlife smuggling supply chain, but are frequently overlooked. While considerable attention is paid to stopping illegal poaching at the chain’s origins in national parks and changing end-user demand (e.g., in China), countries that act as midpoints in the supply chain are critical to stopping global wildlife trafficking. They are needed way stations for traffickers who generate considerable profits, thereby driving the market for poaching. This is starting to change, as U.S., European, and some African policymakers ...
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Six reasons why Kabila should sign a democratic deal now. It will get worse for him if he doesn’t

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There may still be hope yet to bring the Democratic Republic of Congo back from the brink. Senior Congolese politicians, western diplomats, and French television are reporting that Joseph Kabila and the political opposition are getting closer to signing a deal on a democratic transition, brokered by the Catholic bishops in Congo, CENCO ...
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Testimony of Sasha Lezhnev – Democracy and Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Testimony of Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Project Associate Director of Policy, given on November 29, 2016 before the U.S. Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on “Democracy and Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” ...
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A Criminal State: Understanding and countering institutionalized corruption and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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A Criminal State: Understanding and countering institutionalized corruption and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is not a failed state—for everyone. It is a failure for the vast majority of Congolese who suffer from abysmal security, health care, and education services. However, it is an efficient state for ruling elites and their commercial partners who seek to extract or traffic resources at the expense of Congo’s development ...
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Testimony of Sasha Lezhnev – Ridding Central Africa of Joseph Kony: Continuing U.S. Support

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Testimony of Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Project Associate Director of Policy, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on “Ridding Central Africa of Joseph Kony: Continuing U.S. Support,” given on September 30, 2015 ...
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Over 140 Mines in Congo are Now Officially Conflict-Free: the Latest List

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Over 140 Mines in Congo are Now Officially Conflict-Free: the Latest List
Over the past three years, teams of business persons, government officials, and civil society members have been traveling to mines in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to assess whether or not the mines are conflict-free. Out of a total 180 mines assessed so far, 141 have now been validated as conflict-free ...
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Feingold, Robinson, Kobler, and Dos Santos: International Keys to Peace in Congo

The foundation for a viable, comprehensive peace process for the deadly war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is finally starting to emerge. A new Enough Project report analyzes the changing dynamics of Congo's peace process and outlines steps ahead for building momentum for peace in Congo ...
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Another Conflict-free Mining Project Launches in Eastern Congo

Another Conflict-free Mining Project Launches in Eastern Congo
Last November, Enough field researcher Timo Mueller and the two of us traveled in eastern Congo with the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade, or PPA. Motorola Solutions, AVX, USAID, the US State Department, Global Advanced Metals, KPMG, Resolve, Phuzumoya Consulting, Geotraceability, the filmmaker Paul Freedman, IOM, MHI, and others. One of the highlights of the trip was traveling to a mine in Rubaya in Masisi, North Kivu. We helped analyze whether the mine could indeed be the next conflict-free mining project in eastern Congo, and then helped negotiate with the local government to move it forward ...
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Apple makes progress on conflict minerals, should build on work in Congo

Apple makes progress on conflict minerals, should build on work in Congo
Three and a half years ago, Enough and Campus Progress (now known as Generation Progress) protested the opening of Apple’s prestigious new store in Georgetown, Washington, DC because it was lagging behind other companies on combating the trade in conflict minerals from eastern Congo. Today, such a protest would be unnecessary. Apple released its annual Supplier Responsibility report yesterday, and the company is making some significant strides on conflict minerals ...
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