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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 »

NGOs Release Statement on Situation in South Sudan

Today, the Enough Project joined 10 other organizations in releasing a statement regarding the current situation in South Sudan.  Read More »

Africa Confidential: A Last Blast for Sanctions

A new report from the United States-based, Africa-focussed Enough Project proposes that President Barack Obama's government should use a similar range of finely tuned financial and technical sanctions against Sudan to that used against Iran to push it into serious negotiations.  Read More »

U.N. Panel of Experts Reveals Gold Smuggling and Cluster Bombs in Darfur

Last week, the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Sudan raised serious concerns over gold smuggling in Darfur. The panel presented its annual report to the Sudan Sanctions Committee in December 2015, but the publication of this report remains blocked due to objections from Russia. Russian Deputy Ambassador Petr Iliichev stated that the panel’s mandate does not include the monitoring of natural resources, noting, “the experts are not behaving like they are required to.” Further, the Russian government declared that it would only allow the publication of the report once the “most controversial paragraphs are edited out,” as it claims that the report is biased and based on speculation.  Read More »

Surprisingly tough UN resolution: Security Council Presses Congo to Hold Timely Elections, Stop Restricting Political Space

Last Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2277 (2016), renewing the mandate until March 31, 2017 to maintain current force levels of 19,815 military personnel in its stabilization mission in the DRC, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).  Read More »

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