Eastern Congo

STATEMENT: Enough Project Calls on Kerry, Feingold to Focus on Addressing Conflict Issues in Congo and Angola

Date: 
May 3, 2014
For Immediate Release: May 3, 2014
Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com

STATEMENT: Enough Project Calls on Kerry, Feingold to Focus on Addressing Conflict Issues in Congo and Angola

As Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this weekend, the Enough Project released the following statements:

"There is a real chance to defeat, disarm and dismantle some of the most brutal armed groups on the African continent,” said John Prendergast, Enough Project Co-founder. “Kerry and Feingold can help catalyze more robust action to counter these groups and give some measure of peace to the long-suffering Congolese people."

“John Kerry and Russ Feingold have a golden opportunity to make an impact on peace in Congo,” said Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Senior Policy Analyst. “They should urge Presidents Kabila and dos Santos to create a feedback loop for civil society to be involved in the peace process and to widen the agenda of talks to include economic issues such as minerals certification. They should also urge Kabila to make concrete progress on addressing the critical regional security threat, the FDLR rebel group.”

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To speak to an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Christina DiPasquale at , 202.716.1953 or christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

STATEMENT: Enough Project Reacts to Verdict on Sexual Violence Case in Democratic Republic of Congo

Date: 
May 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2014

CONTACT:
Christina DiPasquale: 202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com 
Alec Saslow: 720.319.4948alec@fitzgibbonmedia.com  

STATEMENT: Enough Project Reacts to Verdict on Sexual Violence Case in Democratic Republic of Congo

Following the release of a verdict in the eastern Congolese military court prosecuting rapes in Minova that ended with two soldiers convicted and many completed cleared, Holly Dranginis, Policy Associate at the Enough Project, released the following statement:

“Minova has sparked much-needed attention to prosecuting sexual violence in Congo and other conflict-affected states. However, it has also shined a light on deep flaws in Congo’s approach to ending impunity for atrocities. From a legal perspective, the case was doomed from the beginning, and today's verdict confirms that. The selection of indictees excluded senior commanders, but otherwise was largely arbitrary with mostly rank and file soldiers being charged. Both sides – prosecution and defense – faced a debilitating lack of resources. Evidence was scarce and mismanaged.

That said, the bravery of survivors who testified cannot be overstated. They risked their safety and wellbeing and in doing so have made a significant contribution to the global fight for sexual violence accountability.

 

If Congo is serious about addressing its sexual violence crisis, it must fill critical gaps in the administration of cases. We have come a long way, but there is much more work to be done.”

 

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Alec Saslow (720.319.4948Alec@Fitzgibbonmedia.com) or Christina DiPasquale  (202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com).

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

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