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.
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.
The Senate Human Rights Caucus, co-chaired by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Thillis (R-NC), will host a panel discussion on upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo featuring Enough Project Deputy Policy Director Sasha Lezhnev and other Congo experts.
Bipartisan Congressional Bill on Congo is Timely Warning for President Kabila, Includes New Sanctions Requirement
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.
Sentry Alert: Security Vulnerabilities in Electronic Voting Technology Underscore Lack of Transparency in DR Congo’s Electoral Process
A new investigative report published today by The Sentry reveals potential vulnerabilities in the electronic voting technology currently being prototyped for use in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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
New U.S. Treasury Sanctions on Entities Affiliated with Gertler Critical for Addressing Violent Corruption in 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.
This op-ed originally appeared in The Daily Beast and was written by Enough Project Founding Director John Prendergast.
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.”
This Sentry Alert reinforces evidence of wrongdoing outlined in the first Sentry report on D.R. Congo: "The Terrorists' Treasury"
On March 26, Enough sent a letter to Miru Systems Co., a South Korean company specializing in electronic voting systems. It has been reported that Miru is poised to provide electronic voting technology to Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for elections that are scheduled to occur in December 2018.
An Important Signal to Companies: New Federal Procurement Requirements for Computers Include Conflict Minerals Criteria
When any U.S. federal government agency purchases computers or monitors, it now must take into account the progress the company manufacturing the products is making on combating the conflict minerals trade.
In a new op-ed, The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast highlight the fatal flaw in peacemaking in Africa.
Until recent years, the conflict minerals supply chain was a very lucrative scheme for Congo’s armed groups and even parts of the Congolese army. But now that’s all changing. Check out Enough’s updated conflict minerals 101 video and learn about what you can do to continue to hold companies accountable.
Current President Joseph Kabila’s term of office expired in December 2016, but his government has repeatedly failed to hold elections. Each time the Kabila administration delays elections, it trots out a smoke screen of technical excuses, and some of these are the government’s own making.
Two landmark decisions advancing justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo came down last week.
Ropes & Gray Webinar: Takeaways from the Enough Project’s Consumer Electronics and Jewelry Retail Company Conflict Minerals Rankings
In mid-November, The Enough Project released its report on 3TG compliance procedures and disclosures by consumer electronics and jewelry retailer companies. In particular, the report focused on company efforts to source conflict-free from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and supporting a transparent mining sector in the DRC. This webinar will feature an overview of the report, including Enough’s recommendations for all companies.
New Conflict Minerals Rankings Spotlight World’s Top Consumer Electronics Companies and Jewelry Retailers
Apple, Alphabet (Google), HP, Microsoft, and Intel are leading the way, while Walmart, Sears, and Neiman Marcus are ranked worst, in the Enough Project’s 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings, published today.