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LRA commander Ongwen should be transferred to ICC, support to justice & reconciliation in LRA-affected areas should be increased

Senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, who surrendered Tuesday in the Central African Republic, should be transferred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes.  Read More »

Attacks in Beni, eastern Congo. Part 2: Violence continues, authorities launch gradual response

In the first post in a series about a number of deadly civilian attacks in Beni territory in North Kivu, we described the initial surge of violence in October, and tensions between local populations and the authorities meant to protect them – local government and MONUSCO peacekeepers. In this post, we begin with the last of the October attacks to report on the deadly 2 months that followed.  Read More »

Interview with Kasper Agger: From the Bloody Trail of Kony’s LRA

Kasper Agger, the Enough Project’s Central Africa-based field researcher and LRA expert, recently completed an in-depth regional investigation, traveling across areas where the LRA has been active, and meeting with victims, regional officials, local leaders, aid workers, and ex-soldiers who have escaped or defected from the LRA. As part of Enough’s ongoing interview series, Agger spoke with Greg Hittelman about what he saw, experienced, and learned.  Read More »

New Sudan Report: Starving War, Feeding Peace

In a new report, “Starving War, Feeding Peace – And Setting the Table for National Dialogue in Sudan” the Enough Project calls on the international community to leverage economic pressure on the Sudanese government in support of an inclusive and comprehensive national dialogue.  Read More »

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 »

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