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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 »

Enough Project Hosts ‘A New Approach to Sudan’ Event on the Hill

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Enough Project held a panel discussion on Capitol Hill focused on Sudan and the sanctions debate surrounding that country’s ruling regime. “A New Approach to Sudan” featured a number of speakers from various backgrounds in both the government and non-government sectors.  Read More »

Ahead of Global Summit, U.S. Government Announces Several Steps to Counter Corruption

This Thursday, May 12, UK Prime Minister David Cameron will host an international anti-corruption summit in London. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to attend the summit, which will bring together high-level government representatives, business leaders and civil society to step up international efforts to address corruption.

Human Rights Groups at OECD: Need for Mandatory Due Diligence on Minerals

National and international civil society organisations working to advance transparency and accountability in supply chains welcome this 10th Joint Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. The Forum represents a commitment by governments and companies to engage in more responsible sourcing and trading in line with applicable laws and standards, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).  Read More »

The Hill Op-ed: Obama’s Iran Playbook Gives Hope to Darfur

Although Darfur’s atrocities are widely perceived to be a thing of the past, the UN announced in the last week that 138,000 Darfuris have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year, joining over four million Sudanese already displaced by ongoing wars in Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan states. Sudan’s conflicts have produced the third highest prevalence of malnutrition globally, and European governments are so concerned about the influx of Sudanese refugees into Europe that the European Union last week donated $100 million to projects aimed at staunching the flow of those refugees.  Read More »

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