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Tusk Wars: Inside the LRA and the Bloody Business of Ivory

New field research from the Enough Project shows that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is weakened to an unprecedented point, counting only 120 armed fighters in its ranks, scattered across three countries in central Africa. Despite its weakened state, the LRA continues to pose a threat to local populations in Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and in South Sudan, with 150 recorded attacks and 500 abductions of civilians for the first eight months of 2015 and 200,000 people displaced.

By Ledio Cakaj

October 26, 2015

Activist Brief: Tusk Wars - Inside the LRA and the Bloody Business of Ivory

Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is part of an onslaught of poaching in central Africa, and continues to pose a threat to local populations, across a swathe of central and east Africa, according to a new field-researched report by the Enough Project. The report, Tusk Wars: Inside the LRA and the Bloody Business of Ivory, tracks how ivory trafficking funds LRA operations and perpetuates violence against civilians. It uncovers new evidence of ivory trafficking into Sudan, including testimony by ex-LRA members of transactions with Sudanese merchants, as well as alleged trade with Sudan Armed Forces officers.

By Enough Team

October 26, 2015

“Tusk Wars”: New information on the blood ivory trade of Kony's Lord's Resistance Army

Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is part of an onslaught of poaching in central Africa, and continues to pose a threat to local populations, across a swathe of central and east Africa, according to a new field-researched report by the Enough Project. In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Garamba National Park, the report details LRA hunting groups and Sudanese and South Sudanese poachers are now in “an open war” against park rangers. On Friday, President Obama reauthorized the U.S. support mission to the African Union Regional Task Force to counter the LRA for an additional year.

By Enough Team

October 26, 2015

Map Highlights Environmental and Natural Resource Crimes in Africa

A new map in a Bloomberg BNA International Environment Reporter article by Wachira Kigotho shows the different types of environmental and natural resource crimes in different parts of Africa that are contributing to migration flows from the continent. 

By Jacinth Planer

October 13, 2015

California Passes Ban on Ivory Sales

In a positive development, the AB 96 bill passed in the California state legislature and thereafter was signed into action by Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday, October 4, 2015, closing loopholes in illicit ivory sales. The Enough Project joins the Wildlife Conservation Society and the 96 Elephants campaign in praising Governor Jerry Brown for signing the legislation and making a significant contribution to combating the illicit ivory trade.

By Enough Team

October 7, 2015

LRA Abductions Increase Over Past 3 Months

The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative and Invisible Children have released an updated LRA Crisis Tracker report, The State of the LRA [September 2015 Update]. The report details a significant increase in LRA abductions in 2015, totaling 417 Congolese civilians from January through August.

By Enough Team

October 7, 2015

Friday Deadline for SEC to Appeal Latest Conflict Minerals Court Ruling

On the heels of a disappointing decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals affirming that one part of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Conflict Minerals Rule is unconstitutional, the SEC and other parties can appeal for a review. The deadline is Friday, October 2. 

By Enough Team

September 30, 2015

Challenge to “Conflict Minerals” Court Ruling is Essential

The Enough Project highlighted today the significance of a looming deadline this Friday, October 2, for appeal of a court ruling on U.S. corporate “conflict minerals” reporting. On the heels of a disappointing decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals affirming that one part of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) requirement is unconstitutional, the SEC and other parties can petition for a review. Conflict minerals experts at the Enough Project are available to media for comment and interviews.

By Enough Team

September 30, 2015

Dodd-Frank 1502 Law: Impact on Conflict Minerals Trade in Congo

The Enough Project has published a media briefing, “Progress and Challenges on Conflict Minerals: Facts on Dodd-Frank 1502,” as a resource for journalists covering issues related to conflict minerals. Enough experts based in the United States and in Central Africa are also available for backgrounders, commentary, and on-air interviews.

By Enough Team

September 22, 2015

ICC Case against Bosco Ntaganda Begins

Today, September 2nd, 2015, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague opens its case against Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda. Ntaganda faces a total of 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

By Rachel Finn

September 2, 2015