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Civil Society Groups Call for Greater Governance in Global Diamond Industry

Representing the United Arab Emirates, which has come under significant scrutiny from a number of NGOs for its practices as a diamond trading hub, the Chair chose to attack and try to undermine the Civil Society Coalition. The Coalition provides an essential voice in the work of the initiative established to prevent trade in conflict diamonds, and today a number of organizations inside the Coalition and outside the KP entirely -- including the Enough Project -- issued a joint statement in response.  Read More »

Over 1,200 Companies File Conflict Minerals Reports with the SEC

Elm Sustainbaility Partners LLC has been tracking the 2016 SEC conflict minerals reports.  Read More »

Companies File Third Round of Conflict Minerals Reports, SEC, Government Agencies Must Follow Through

May 31st marks the third annual deadline for electronics, manufacturing, and other companies to file conflict minerals reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as part of their obligation under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. With three years of reporting now completed, the SEC must follow through on its responsibility to hold companies accountable for the content of these reports by ensuring that companies have filed complete and accurate reports that meet regulatory requirements.  Read More »

Number of Certified Conflict-Free Mines in Congo Increases by 31%: 204 Mines Certified

The number of officially certified conflict-free mines in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has increased by 31% since June 2015, according to recent data from the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and Congo's Mining Ministry. Multi-stakeholder teams made up of business persons, government officials, and civil society members have validated that 204 mines in eastern Congo are now free of armed groups, the military, and the worst forms of child labor.  Read More »

Enough Project Statement on May 26th Congo Democracy Protests, Need for Targeted Sanctions

The Enough Project is deeply concerned about the growing political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For over a year, citizens have been calling on President Kabila to indicate his intentions to step down, resulting in dozens of arbitrary arrests and detentions. Government security forces are continuing this trend of violent response to the country-wide demonstrations using tear gas, beatings, and bullets.   Read More »

New Policy Brief: “The Paper Tiger in South Sudan”

Today, the Enough Project released its latest policy brief by Founding Director John Prendergast, “The Paper Tiger in South Sudan: Threats without Consequences for Atrocities and Kleptocracy”. Based on Prendergast’s testimony before a hearing in Congress last month, the brief outlines how the primary root cause for the atrocities and instability that mark South Sudan’s short history is that its government quickly morphed into a violent kleptocracy.  Read More »

The Hill Op-ed: Global Magnitsky's Power to Protect

Like the endangered wildlife he helps protect, Congolese environmentalist Bantu Lukambo is being hunted. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, conservation is dangerous work because it threatens the interests of powerful groups. Several of Congo’s national parks – including Africa’s oldest, Virunga – are under siege. Armed groups and poachers have used these remote areas as sanctuaries and business headquarters, trafficking in ivory, minerals, and charcoal made from old-growth forest.   Read More »

The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Moves Forward in Congress

The Enough Project commends the House Foreign Affairs Committee for passing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act out of committee earlier today.  This significant bi-partisan legislation passed the Senate in December, and now needs House leadership to swiftly bring it to the Floor for a vote.  Read More »

Newsweek Op-ed: Countering the Wizards of a Dystopian Oz

The Panama Papers leak and the Global Anti-Corruption Summit convened in London last week by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron have focused attention on corruption and tax evasion, highlighting the extraordinary wealth being hidden to evade international regulation.  Read More »

Foreign Affairs Dispatch: Virunga's Charcoal Cartel

On the southwestern flank of Virunga, a protected national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there was once a thick rainforest. Today it looks like the surface of the moon, barren and smoking. A resident in the area told me that ten years ago he could walk up the road and see elephants. Now the elephants are gone. In their place are violent militias operating an illegal charcoal trade, cutting and burning Virunga’s rare forests to the ground.  Read More »

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