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.
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.
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.
In a BloombergView piece, Cass Sunstein discusses the court case on Dodd-Frank Section 1502.
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.
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.
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.
In a promising development, on Friday, October 2 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Amnesty International both filed petitions for a review of the most recent court decision on the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule.
In a moving day on Capitol Hill, a prominent Congolese activist and two LRA experts testified in Congress about the need for continued U.S. support to help end the horrific atrocities of the Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa.
As Bosco Ntaganda faces charges of war crimes at the Hague, those watching from Congo debate what comes next for their country.
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.
In conflict zones from Somalia to South Sudan, government armies and rebel groups are using child soldiers. In a new CNN op-ed, Rachel Stohl and Jo Becker argue that the Child Soldiers Prevention Act gives the White House a potentially powerful tool in the effort to end the recruitment and exploitation of children as soldiers.
Almost 15 years since the start of the FDLR's deadly campaign in Congo, leaders of the militia have been held to account for their crimes.
Testimony of Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Project Associate Director of Policy, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on “Ridding Central Africa of Joseph Kony: Continuing U.S. Support,” given on September 30, 2015.
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.
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.
The Enough Project recently released a resource page that provides a background and updates on Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act related to conflict minerals. It includes information on the law, progress in Congo, and views from Congolese civil society members.
Dr. Mukwege Responds to the DRC Government Banning "The Man Who Mends Women - The Wrath of Hippocrates"
On September 3rd, Panzi Foundation published a statement from Dr. Denis Mukwege on the DRC Media Minister Ban of “The Man Who Mends Women - The Wrath of Hippocrates” documentary.
September 2, 2015 – As the war crimes trial of Bosco Ntaganda opens today at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Enough Project highlights the significance of this case in its potential to bring historic accountability for war crimes allegedly committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).