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Waking the Sleeping Giant: Call on the U.S. to Lead the Charge to Certify Congo’s Conflict Minerals

Waking the Sleeping Giant: Call on the U.S. to Lead the Charge to Certify Congo's Conflict Minerals
This post originally appeared on Care2.com: Under Secretary of State, Robert Hormats, recently said the issue of conflict minerals in the Congo is “one of the greatest moral issues of our time … and one that requires bold, resolute, and moral action by the U.S.” As citizens and consumers we have never been closer to helping reduce violence in eastern Congo. Now we need the Obama Administration to be a leader in the final charge ...
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Rift in Kimberley Process Provides Lessons for Conflict Mineral Certification

Rift in Kimberley Process Provides Lessons for Conflict Mineral Certification
A sharp divide over the resumption of diamond sales from Zimbabwe has left members of the Kimberley Process struggling to keep the process intact. Last Thursday following a week-long meeting, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, (the rotating chair of the Kimberley Process) announced that diamond exports from Zimbabwe would resume, leaving members grappling with fundamental questions about legitimacy, corruption, and credibility. At the heart of the issue is the debate over how, in the face of egregious humans rights abuses perpetrated by the Zimbabwean security apparatus, exports from the controversial Marange fields of Zimbabwe can resume, and how ...
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Will China Step Up on Sudan?

Will China Step Up on Sudan?
Many human rights champions around the world have responded with anger at the news that China will be receiving Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir this week. The argument is that by hosting Bashir, a figure indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, China only reinforces Bashir’s sense that there are no consequences for his brutal actions against his own people. President Hu Jintao and other top government officials will personally meet with Bashir during his visit ...
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Enough Project, Woodrow Wilson Host Event on Conflict Mineral Certification

Enough Project, Woodrow Wilson Host Event on Conflict Mineral Certification
Representatives from government, industry, and civil society gathered at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars last week to participate in an Enough Project-hosted panel on the issue of conflict mineral certification in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
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Mapping with the South Sudan Community

South Sudan
Mapping with the South Sudan Community
Following the historic referendum in Southern Sudan, Google, The World Bank, UNOSAT, RCMRD and Satellite Sentinel are co-hosting an event in Nairobi, Kenya on June 30, 2011 to demonstrate the power of mapping and support the building of the world’s soon-to-be-newest independent nation on July 9, 2011. Without basic geospatial information, it is difficult for the government, civil society, development partners, and all stakeholders to evaluate the current needs, target their planning efforts, and mobilize proper resources. At times like these, it is critical to have good maps of roads, settlements, buildings and other services, with both local and official ...
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Congolese Cartoonist Tells Story of Congo Conflict

Congolese Cartoonist Tells Story of Congo Conflict
The conflict in eastern Congo may not seem obvious fodder for a cartoonist, but in his graphic novel Roza or the Courage to Choose Life Congolese artist Seraphin Kajibwami from Bukavu does a masterful job telling a powerful and uplifting story aimed at educating and inspiring youth about the many challenges that civilians – particularly women and girls such as Roza – face in eastern Congo ...
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Field Dispatch: Congo Civil Society Engages on Conflict Minerals

Field Dispatch: Congo Civil Society Engages on Conflict Minerals
In his latest dispatch from the field, the Enough Project’s Goma-based field researcher Fidel Bafilemba reports on a coalition of prominent Congolese civil society organizations working to address the linkage between natural resource exploitation and human rights abuses in the region. Their partnership is known as the Support Platform for Traceability, and Transparency in the Management of Natural Resources, or GATT-RN ...
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5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week
A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday ...
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Sudan: Abyei Residents Skeptical of New Agreement

Sudan: Abyei Residents Skeptical of New Agreement
In the wake of impotent response from U.N. peacekeepers to the Sudan Armed Forces bombing and storming of Abyei last month, sending tens of thousands of civilians fleeing, optimism in reaction to the latest Abyei agreement was measured. While international leaders and diplomats tried to sound upbeat, congratulating the northern and southern governments for “taking this step toward peace,” people from the displaced communities voiced heavy skepticism about this new paper agreement ...
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Drawing from Tried-and-True Tactics, Sudan Targets Civilians in South Kordofan

Drawing from Tried-and-True Tactics, Sudan Targets Civilians in South Kordofan
Nearly three weeks into intense fighting in the Sudanese border state of South Kordofan the Sudanese government appears intent, in the face of international condemnation, to add to the already long list of serious international law violations that reports say its forces are committing on the ground ...
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