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Margot Wallström is a former Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister of Sweden and diplomat, who until recently held the post of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Prior to this, she served for ten years as European Commissioner: 1999-2004 as Environment Commissioner, and 2004-2010 as Vice President and Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy in the Barroso Commission. She is currently the chairman of Lund University in Sweden.

Attacks in Beni, eastern Congo. Part 1: A surge in violence fuels civilian discontent

Since early October, Beni territory in eastern Congo has suffered a series of horrific attacks, allegedly perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The violence, often targeting women and children, has resulted in the deaths of more that 250 civilians. As the attacks continued unabated, tensions between the local postulations and UN and Congolese forces have increased.  Read More »

ThinkProgress: 9 Things You Need to Know about Conflict Minerals

The armed conflict in eastern Congo that has killed over 5.4 million people is financed largely by trading minerals used in an array of common consumer products around the world, from electronics to jewelry. Recent critiques by the Cato Institute and in the Washington Post have questioned whether current local and international initiatives to combat the problem are causing more harm than good. Last month, the Enough Project’s U.S. and Congo-based teams visited mining communities in eastern Congo to get an updated assessment on conflict minerals. To help you better understand what's at stake, we've provided 9 things you need to know about conflict minerals on ThinkProgress.  Read More »

Daily Beast Op-ed: Aaron Rodgers Targets Congo War, Conflict Minerals

In an op-ed featured on The Daily Beast, John Prendergast is raising the challenge to stop the flow of conflict minerals – and making the case that doing so is fundamental to stopping the decades-long conflict in Eastern Congo. Joining voices with activists from Super Bowl winner Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers to Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Dr. Denis Mukwege of Panzi Hospital, Prendergast says “reforming this trade is part of a comprehensive strategy, including regional governance reforms, to help end the war.”  Read More »

Seven ideas to help end the FDLR rebel group in Congo

In a new report, “How to Dismantle a Deadly Militia” the Enough Project sets out seven key non-military approaches to help ending the FDLR’s ability to continue to threaten peace and security in eastern Congo and the region.  Read More »

Archbishop of Bukavu: EU must give assurances on the morality of trade in natural resources

As an African archbishop working with mining communities in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I look forward with great interest to the forthcoming European Parliament debate on the strategy for responsible trade in minerals from conflict zones.  Read More »

Fighting Impunity: The Role of Sanctions in Ending Conflict in Congo

The plight of women and children in eastern Congo has not received the urgent response it needs, which has facilitated widespread impunity. This culture of impunity allows perpetrators to continue their violations against vulnerable civilians. Sanctions on such perpetrators help combat the culture of impunity by holding the guilty accountable, allowing the survivors and their communities the opportunity to move forward and sending a clear message that violence against women and children will not be tolerated.  Read More »

Resource Page - Conflict Minerals: A Broader Push for Reform is Essential

This resource page is designed to provide an update on the efforts to end the conflict minerals trade that finances numerous brutal armed groups in eastern Congo, note remaining challenges, and suggest strategies for encouraging lasting peace.  Read More »

Take Action on the LRA: Invisible Children Launches #KonyInKingi

For the past two years, Kony has frequently received safe haven in a Sudanese-controlled territory called Kafia Kingi on the border of South Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR).  However, it’s nearly impossible to get to him there. You can take action by joining Invisible Children in messaging 10 international leaders who have the power to do something.  Read More »

“Memes for Peace” project promotes peace in South Sudan

With the help of Mothering Across Continents, students in North Carolina have launched a “Memes for Peace” project to promote peace in South Sudan.  Read More »

Movie Trailers That Spark Activism from ‘Iolani School’s 7th Graders

After i-ACT brought "Camp Darfur" to 'Iolani School in Honolulu, HI, some seventh grade students went the extra mile to spark social awareness by creating short video trailers promoting the message that average people can bring about hope and change for the victims and survivors of genocide.  Read More »

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