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John Prendergast Testifies to Congress on Sub-Saharan Africa, Urges Network Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Measures to Address War Linked to Grand Corruption

Today, John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry and Founding Director of the Enough Project, testified before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, in a hearing on “Protecting Civil Society, Faith-Based Actors, and Political Speech in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

By Enough Team

May 9, 2018

Does Your Diamond Bring Peace?

Will you know the story of the diamond you buy this holiday season? Sadly, in just about every case, the answer is no. But it could -- and should -- be otherwise; writes Brad Brooks-Rubin.

By Brad Brooks-Rubin

February 14, 2018

Le Monde Tribune : En Centrafrique, les groupes armés prolifèrent grâce à une impunité totale

Quatorze factions armées, une myriade de milices locales, des intrusions de mercenaires venus des pays limitrophes, une armée informelle « milicianisée ». En août, soit moins d’un an après le retrait officiel de l’opération militaire française « Sangaris », plus de 80 % du territoire de la République centrafricaine est sous le contrôle ou l’influence de milices armées.

By Nathalia Dukhan

August 21, 2017

U.S. Places Sanctions on CAR Militia Commanders

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed Central African Republic’s (CAR) Abdoulaye Hissène, a key ex-Séléka leader, and Maxime Mokom, a key Anti-Balaka leader, on its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List.

By Enough Team

April 12, 2017

Corruption Continues to Blight Several African Countries

Transparency International recently released the results of its 2016 Corruptions Perceptions Index, a survey of perceived levels of corruption in the public sectors of 176 countries and territories. “No country,” Transparency International immediately observes, “gets close to a perfect score.” In fact, corruption perceptions grew worse, not better, for most countries in 2016. 

By Megha Swamy

February 22, 2017

Le Monde Tribune: Et si on arrêtait de recompenser les chefs des groupes armés en Centrafrique ?

« Nous avons évité des massacres de masse, permis un processus de réconciliation intercommunautaire, la reconstitution de l’Etat centrafricain (…) », déclarait le ministre français de la défense, Jean-Yves le Drian en annonçant le succès et la fin de l’opération militaire française, Sangaris, en République Centrafricaine. C’était en octobre dernier et avec ce retrait, l’opération a emporté avec elle l’attention internationale, replongeant la Centrafrique dans l’abime de l’oubli.

By Enough Team

February 21, 2017

Dangerous Divisions: The Central African Republic faces the threat of secession

The Central African Republic (CAR), a country that has seen more than four years of deep political crisis and unprecedented violence against civilians, is undergoing a process of de facto partition. In February 2014, then-U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the international community that CAR was at risk of splitting apart, stating that, “[T]he situation continues to worsen. Both Muslims and Christians have been murdered and forced to flee their homes. The sectarian brutality is changing the country’s demography. The de facto partition of the CAR is a distinct risk.” Despite his warning, CAR did not escape this fate. In 2017, more than 14 armed groups compete for the control of the territory and its natural resource wealth. 

By Nathalia Dukhan

February 15, 2017

Central African Republic Facing Threat of Partition

A new policy brief published today by the Enough Project concludes that leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) are deliberately stoking sectarian violence and threats of a national break-up in an attempt to further personal and corrupt self- interests.

By Enough Team

February 15, 2017

UN Report Reaffirms Alarming Security Situation in Central African Republic

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic (CAR) released its final report for 2016 in December. The 186-page report documents a sharp deterioration in the security situation and a deepening crisis in CAR since August 2016. The country continues to be ruled by a multitude of criminal gangs that fiercely compete for control of economic resources.

By Nathalia Dukhan

February 13, 2017

In Welcome Move, China Announces Plan to End Domestic Ivory Trade

​On December 30, China announced a plan to end its domestic ivory trade, phasing out all ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017. Conservationists and human rights activists hope that the move will curb the mass slaughter of elephants in Africa, who face the threat of extinction and whose ivory is used to fund armed groups. China is reportedly the world’s largest elephant ivory market, with 50 to 70 percent of all smuggled ivory ending up in the country.

By Megha Swamy

January 19, 2017