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Bishop Criticizes Intolerance for Free Speech in South Sudan

In a homily delivered this month, Auxiliary Bishop Santo Laku Pio of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba said there is increasing intolerance for speaking out against atrocities meted out on civilians in South Sudan. The bishop’s statement underscores a growing repression of free expression in South Sudan.  Read More »

Russia Blocks U.N. Security Council Action on Conflict-Affected Gold in Darfur

In the UN Security Council, Russia blocked U.S. and U.K. efforts to address conflict-affected gold in Darfur. Russia’s blocking action came despite findings from the Sudan Sanctions Committee’s Panel of Experts that link illegal exploitation and trafficking of gold and other minerals to violence and instability in Darfur.  Read More »

Civil War Depletes South Sudan’s Elephant Population

In South Sudan’s two-year old civil war, oil was a key factor in fueling the war economy. But reports are emerging that elephants may have contributed to this war economy. As reported last week by Bloomberg News, South Sudan's wildlife service says at least 500 elephants were killed during the fighting over the past two years.  Read More »

Sen. Markey urges strong U.S. policy, including targeted sanctions, in support of timely, free, and fair Congolese Elections

On Thursday, February 4, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing deep concern over, and urging strong action in response to, delayed Presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo).  Read More »

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Op-ed: Voices for War and Peace in South Sudan

Alice (not her real name) was living in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, when war erupted in December 2013. As soldiers went from house to house shooting anyone they found, she witnessed the killing of seven of her relatives and her pastor. Her pastor had been gathering people together to try to protect them. But when the soldiers found him, they shot him and poured beer on him.  Read More »

The Dominic Ongwen Trial

Dominic Ongwen

This week marks an important step forward for international justice and accountability for atrocities in East and Central Africa. The International Court completed its confirmation of charges hearings in the case of Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).  Read More »

Corruption Continues in Sudan’s Oil Sector

A new report from Sudan Democracy First Group shows how systemic corruption in Sudan’s oil sector continues even after the oil boom has ended. This report also shows how pervasive corruption undermines openness and transparency and allows a small circle of political elites to amass great personal wealth through undue influence and patronage.  Read More »

Sudan Government Forces Employ Barrel Bombs, Murder, Rape, and Plunder as Military Offensive Continues in Central Darfur

Widespread violence continues throughout Central Darfur, as a government military offensive entered its sixth day. The military offensive began on January 15, when Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and other government-supported militias attacked the stronghold of the Sudan Liberation Movement–Abdul Wahid al-Nur (SLM–AW) in Jebel Marra.   Read More »

Quiet Violence: New Report Shows How Govt Plans to Dismantle IDP Camps Will Further Destabilize Darfur

A new report by Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) details how the Sudanese government’s insistence on dismantling IDP camps in Darfur only increases the risk of violence and further displacement for Darfuri citizens. According to SDFG, this plan will not contribute to peace and stability in Darfur, but instead will create “a space for manipulation of the political context and for the commission of further crimes against civilians in Darfur.”  Read More »

FinCEN Moves to Curb Real Estate-based Money Laundering in Miami, Manhattan

The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced today that it has issued a Geographic Targeting Order that requires U.S. title insurance companies to identify beneficial owners of companies that purchase high end real estate in Miami-Dade County and Manhattan in “all-cash” transactions.  Read More »

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