Eastern Congo

Enough Project Comment to the SEC in Support of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation

On January 31, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Michael Piwowar welcomed interested parties to submit comments in response to a statement calling into question the current Conflict Minerals Rule. The Enough Project has submitted a comment in response.  Read More »

Enough Project Comment to the SEC in Support of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation

On January 31, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Michael Piwowar welcomed interested parties to submit comments in response to a statement calling into question the current Conflict Minerals Rule. In the weeks following, numerous companies, investors, activists, NGOs, and others have come out publicly in support of the Rule. The Enough Project strongly opposes any suspension, weakening, or repeal of the current Conflict Minerals Rule, and urges the SEC to increase enforcement of the Rule. Our full comment can be found below.

U.S. News & World Report Op-ed: Keep Minerals Conflict-Free

It was not long ago that central Africa was mired in its "first world war" that led to 5.4 million deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Slowly and painstakingly, conflict-affected areas have started to recover. But peace is fragile, and a reversion to widespread violence is never a far-off prospect.  Read More »

The De Facto Embargo is Over: Record-High Conflict-Free Minerals Exports from Eastern Congo

Tin ore

The conflict-free minerals trade has been slowly but steadily increasing in recent years, and 2016 resulted in record-high exports from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo once again. The North Kivu province, the most 3T-rich minerals province in Congo, exported record-high conflict-free export numbers for both tin and tantalum in 2016. This counters the claims that Dodd-Frank 1502, often referred to as the conflict minerals law, is leading to a de facto embargo on eastern Congo’s minerals.  Read More »

2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings

This Valentine’s Day the Enough Project is excited to announce we will once again be ranking leading companies on their efforts to source conflict-free minerals from Congo. With the Dodd-Frank 1502 conflict minerals law under increasing threat of being repealed or weakened, this consumer holiday is the perfect time to let companies know we expect a strong commitment to conflict-free sourcing.  Read More »

Fox News Op-ed: Congo's Violent Kleptocracy at a Crossroads

At fifteen minutes to midnight on New Year’s Eve, early fireworks went off in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These weren’t to celebrate another new year, but rather the signing of an agreement that, if implemented, paves the way for the country’s first ever peaceful, democratic transition of power.   Read More »

DRC's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?

On January 18, 2017, the Enough Project co-hosted an event with the Atlantic Council titled “DRC's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?” 

On January 18, 2017, the Enough Project co-hosted an event with the Atlantic Council titled “DRC's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?” 

The event featured panelists Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, Enough’s Associate Director of Policy, Sasha Lezhnev, and Dr. Pierre Englebert, H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations and Professor of Politics at Pomona College. Bronwyn Bruton, the Deputy Director of Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, moderated the discussion. 

Watch the full video of the event below. To read more about the event, read our blog.

Enough Project, Atlantic Council Host Discussion on Congo’s Democratic Transition Accord

Panelists during the discussion

On January 18, the Enough Project co-hosted an event with the Atlantic Council titled “DRC's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?” An 11th-hour deal signed on New Years Eve in Congo which on paper precludes President Joseph Kabila from running for a third term and commits the country to holding elections in 2017. This event discussed possibilities for what is likely to happen in the coming crucial months during which the deal must be implemented.   Read More »

Event & livestream tomorrow: DR Congo's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?

Date: 
Jan 17, 2017

 

On Wednesday, January 18, the Enough Project and the Atlantic Council will host, “DRC's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?” in Washington, DC.

Speakers will discuss the ongoing political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the wake of the December 31 deal between the country’s political opposition and President Joseph Kabila, who failed to respect the constitutionally-mandated end of his term in office on December 19. The discussion will provide an update on the unfolding situation in the country and how the US and Europe can best support the political transition.

For media unable to attend, the presentation will be simulcast on livestream video here. For event details, click here.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Pierre Englebert, H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations and Professor of African Politics, Pomona College
  • Sasha Lezhnev, Associate Director of Policy, Enough Project
  • Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director, Africa Center; Vice President, Atlantic Council

Moderated by:

  • Bronwyn Bruton, Director, Africa Center Research and Programs; Deputy Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. EST

LIVESTREAM: Click here to watch the livestream.

LOCATION: Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

FOR MEDIA: For media planning to attend the event in person, please email: press@enoughproject.org. For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact: Greg Hittelman, Director of Communications, +1 310 717 0606gh@enoughproject.org.

About THE ENOUGH PROJECT

The Enough Project, an atrocity prevention policy group, seeks to build leverage for peace and justice in Africa by helping to create real consequences for the perpetrators and facilitators of genocide and other mass atrocities. Enough aims to counter rights-abusing armed groups and violent kleptocratic regimes that are fueled by grand corruption, transnational crime and terror, and the pillaging and trafficking of minerals, ivory, diamonds, and other natural resources. Enough conducts field research in conflict zones, develops and advocates for policy recommendations, supports social movements in affected countries, and mobilizes public campaigns. Learn more – and join us – at www.EnoughProject.org.

Six reasons why Kabila should sign a democratic deal now. It will get worse for him if he doesn’t

There may still be hope yet to bring the Democratic Republic of Congo back from the brink. Senior Congolese politicians, western diplomats, and French television are reporting that Joseph Kabila and the political opposition are getting closer to signing a deal on a democratic transition, brokered by the Catholic bishops in Congo, CENCO.  Read More »

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