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South Sudanese General Travels to China Despite UN Travel Ban

South Sudan
Inquiries by The Sentry have just revealed that General Gabriel Jok Riak, South Sudan’s top military commander, likely traveled in violation of his UN travel ban. The Sentry has now been able to confirm that General Jok Riak did not receive an official waiver from the UN when he visited China last month for the first China-Africa Defense & Security Forum ...
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إلغاء الحزب الحاكم في السودان للقيود المفروضة على فترة الولاية الرئاسية

Sudan
تصويت الحزب يمهد لبقاء عمر البشير "رئيسًا مدى الحياة" أغسطس 2018 -في يوم الخميس  ٩ اغسطس ، اتخذ المجلس الاستشاري لحزب المؤتمر الوطني، الحزب الحاكم في السودان، خطوة مبدئية رئيسية نحو إلغاء القيود المعنية بتحديد فترة  الولاية الرئاسية في السودان، وهي الخطوة التي تمهد الطريق لاحتمالية تولي الرئيس عمر البشير رئاسة السودان مدى الحياة، وذلك قبيل الانتخابات الرئاسية المقبلة المزمع إجراؤها في 2020 .حيث صوت الحزب بالإجماع بالموافقة على مقترح بتعديل اللوائح التنظيمية للحزب لغرض السماح للبشير بالترشح، حيث أن دستور حزب المؤتمر الوطني كان ينص في السابق على التقيد بترشيح مرشحي الحزب لمنصبي الرئيس ونائب الرئيس لفترتين فقط صرح ...
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Sudan’s Ruling Party Removes Presidential Term Limits

Sudan
On Thursday, the Consultative Council of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) took a key first step toward abolishing presidential term limits in Sudan, paving the way for a potential presidency without end for President Omar al-Bashir in advance of elections slated for 2020 ...
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After Kabila Announcement, Credibility of Congo Elections Remains in Question

D.R. Congo
Yesterday’s announcement in the Democratic Republic of Congo that President Joseph Kabila will not stand for an illegal third term in presidential elections scheduled for December is an important step but has not resolved several key issues that are critical for ensuring a credible electoral process and ending systemic corruption and violence in Congo ...
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South Sudan: U.N. Security Council Votes for Arms Embargo, Renews Sanctions, Designates Two More Individuals

oday, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution to renew the South Sudan sanctions regime and for an arms embargo until May 31, 2019. The Security Council also designated two individuals: Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army, and Malek Ruben Riak, former Deputy Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army ...
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As African Union Marks Anti-Corruption Day, Action is Needed to Counter Kleptocratic Networks

Today, the African Union marks the 2018 Anti-Corruption Day, an opportunity for the AU to show leadership to address the catastrophic role of corruption in the worst conflicts on the continent ...
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Bipartisan Congressional Bill on Congo is Timely Warning for President Kabila, Includes New Sanctions Requirement

D.R. Congo
A new bipartisan Congressional bill introduced this week that seeks to support free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo was approved today by the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee ...
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U.S. State Department Sanctions Senior Congolese Officials for Involvement in Electoral Process Corruption

U.S. State Department Sanctions Senior Congolese Officials for Involvement in Electoral Process Corruption June 21, 2018 (Washington, DC) - Today, the U.S. State Department announced visa bans on several senior officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for involvement in significant corruption related to the Congolese electoral process. The actions fall under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018. Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, said: “Several senior Congolese officials involved in corruption travel frequently to the US, so the visa ban is an important step. They or the businesses ...
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New Investigative Report: Security Vulnerabilities in Electronic Voting Technology Underscore Lack of Transparency in DR Congo’s Electoral Process

As President Kabila weighs running for an illegal third term, his regime’s electoral commission seeks purchase of 105,000 electronic voting machines with potentially severe security and privacy vulnerabilities. Voting machines made by same South Korean firm were rejected by Argentina ...
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New U.S. Treasury Sanctions on Entities Affiliated with Gertler Critical for Addressing Violent Corruption in Congo

D.R. Congo
The Sentry and the Enough Project welcome the announcement today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that it has sanctioned 14 entities pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which targets serious human rights abuse and corruption, for being affiliated with Israeli businessman and billionaire Dan Gertler ...
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