Blog Posts in Eastern Congo

Posted by Enough Team on Jun 22, 2016
Congolese President Joseph Kabila

In July of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, criticizing leaders who undemocratically change their constitutions to stay in power and emphasizing that the United States would call out such behavior. He pointed to Burundi where a few months earlier, President Pierre Nkurunziza pressured the courts to change the constitution’s term limits so that he could run for a third time. Obama warned that such a tactic could trigger “instability and strife,” as well as hamper “Africa’s democratic progress.” But his words seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

Posted by Enough Team on Jun 22, 2016

Yesterday, Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) filed an 11th hour amendment to the financial services appropriations bill to de-fund enforcement of the conflict minerals provision in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The amendment was adopted by the House Rules Committee and will go to the House floor for a vote today.

Posted by Enough Team on Jun 21, 2016
Congolese President Joseph Kabila

On June 13, key Members of the House of Representatives introduced a Resolution calling on the Obama Administration to impose targeted sanctions and leverage other financial pressure as one way to support  the constitution of the the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Posted by Enough Team on Jun 20, 2016

Based on extensive field interviews with UN officials, charcoal traders, leading Congolese conservationists and whistleblowers, and local and international law enforcement officials, Enough's newest report explains how the illegal trade works and offers specific policy recommendations aimed at ending the trade and providing alternative fuels.

Posted by Holly Dranginis on Jun 20, 2016

Late last week, the UN Group of Experts -- a panel of investigators mandated by the UN Security Council with monitoring implementation of the arms embargo and sanctions in place on Congo and with providing public updates on the security situation in Congo -- released its annual final report.