This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill and was written by Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
The coming days will prove critical for the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the country navigates the post-electoral process of a hotly contested presidential race.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission (CENI) is expected to announce provisional results of the country's recent elections as early as tonight, January 9. Civil society, church, and opposition leaders express serious concern that the electoral commission will announce a fraudulent result. The Catholic Church and its partners, which deployed more than 40,000 election observers throughout the country, report that opposition candidate Martin Fayulu is the clear victor, according to their data from polling stations.
Process marred by repression, major transparency issues, seriously unlevel playing field. Enough Project and The Sentry’s experts are available for comment
On December 5, 2018, the Enough Project and 12 other international NGOs submitted the below letter to the London Metal Exchange (LME), urging it to adopt thorough due diligence standards into its recent Responsible Sourcing proposal.
“CONGO STORIES” As Historic Elections Loom in DR Congo, New Book Details Unparalleled History of International Exploitation, Greed, and Heroism
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 […]
New legislation includes sanctions requirement targeting senior political leaders, works to counter corruption and human rights abuses, and support credible, transparent elections, free press, and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo Washington DC (November 27, 2018) — The Enough Project applauds today’s passage of the “Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act […]
Consumers can play a role to help end the conflict gold trade and promote a responsible gold trade.
Today, the U.S. Department of State announced the appointment of Dr. J. Peter Pham as the U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
Deputy Director of Policy Sasha Lezhnev will join a panel from industry, investors, and international financial institutions, on the role of the financial sector in the minerals trade from conflict- and high-risk areas.
New Report - Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo's Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains
Today, the Enough Project released a report documenting the links between cobalt mining, corruption, and human rights abuses in D.R. Congo.
“Powering Down Corruption”: New Report Highlights High-Level Corruption and Human Rights Abuses in Cobalt Supply Chain, as Global Demand Surges
Enough Project report focuses on opportunity for auto, electronics companies to address transparency issues while making electric vehicles, green products.
Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo’s Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains
Download the brief. Cobalt has rapidly emerged as one of the world’s most in-demand minerals, given it is an essential component in the lithium-ion batteries that power booming industries with products such as electric vehicles, cell phones, and laptops. While Congo is home to a wealth of natural resource reserves, its command over the global […]
Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo's Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains
Download the full report. Résumé analytique et recommandations By Annie Callaway Executive Summary The copper and cobalt industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) has become “a cash cow for those in power in Kinshasa and their acolytes here in the [Lualaba] province,” a miner at a cooperative in Kolwezi city told the Enough […]
The Golden Laundromat: Conflict Gold May Be Entering US Through Gold Trading Network – New Investigation
New investigative report by The Sentry raises serious concerns that gold mined from conflict areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo may wind up in the supply chains of 283 U.S. publicly listed companies, including Amazon, Sony, and General Electric, through a global gold trading corporate network controlled by Belgian tycoon Alain Goetz.
Political change, military transformation, and the path forward for the Democratic Republic of Congo
Deputy Director of Policy Sasha Lezhnev will join a panel moderated by Michael O'Hanlon of Brookings on security issues and the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of the elections scheduled for December 2018.
Amidst a surge of global attention on violence against women, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee sent a signal that speaking truth to power about it is an act of unequivocal heroism.
This guest blog was written by Amanda Ulrich, with assistance from members of Portland's Never Again Coalition.
A new investigative report published today by The Sentry, “Delays and Red Flags: Elections in DR Congo,” explores allegations of corruption throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo’s current electoral cycle, including vulnerabilities that could challenge the overall integrity of the process.