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EU & Troika Statements on Kiir's Announcement on Creation of 28 South Sudan States

On October 6, the European Union Delegation to South Sudan and the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) issued statements on President Salva Kiir's very concerning announcement that he plans to create 28 states out of the existing 10.   Read More »

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.  Read More »

SEC & Amnesty Petition for Review of Recent Conflict Minerals Rule Decision

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.  Read More »

Kony in Congress: Enough, Friends of Minzoto, Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative Testify on the LRA

(L to R) Francisca Mbikabele Thelin, Sasha Lezhnev, and Paul Ronan testifying

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.  Read More »

This World Teachers’ Day: Support Darfuri Refugee Educators

Today is World Teachers’ Day- The day we honor those who encouraged us to be better individuals, community members, and global citizens by showing us how to explore the world around us. This blogs highlights the work of i-ACT to support Darfuri refugee students and teachers through their Little Ripples preschool program in eastern Chad.  Read More »

Foreign Policy Op-ed: The Imperfect Trial of Congo’s ‘Terminator’

2009 file photo of Bosco Ntaganda (seated center)

As Bosco Ntaganda faces charges of war crimes at the Hague, those watching from Congo debate what comes next for their country.  Read More »

New Amnesty Report Provides Insights into the Diamond Trade in Central African Republic

A new report from Amnesty International, "Chains of Abuse," provides unique insights a key fuel for the violence in CAR, the blood diamond trade.  Read More »

In Remarks at UNGA, President Obama Highlights Issue of Corruption

President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2015

In his remarks at the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama highlighted the issue of corruption and its detrimental effects on governance and development. The President’s remarks underscore the need for leaders to serve their people rather than to use government as a means for personal enrichment.   Read More »

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.   Read More »

Child Soldiers Prevention Act a Tool to Leverage U.S. Foreign Aid to End Use of Child Soldiers

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.   Read More »

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