The issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudan’s sitting head of state for crimes against humanity offers the Obama administration a chance to catalyze multilateral efforts to bring about a solution to Sudan’s decades-long cycle of warfare. One of the crucial missing ingredients to conflict resolution efforts has been some form of accountability for the horrific crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated by the warring parties in Sudan, primarily the Khartoum regime. Peace without justice in Sudan would only bring an illusion of stability, without addressing the primary forces driving the conflict.
Sudan’s second civil war and U.S. humanitarian efforts elevated the “lost boys” to widespread recognition. But little attention has been paid to the “lost girls” of Sudan. As South Sudan plunges back into violent conflict, the risks girls face are mounting, including sexual and gender-based violence. Read More »
South Sudan achieved independence from Sudan in 2011, marking a major milestone and promising to bring with it peace, prosperity, equality, and development. However, in December 2013, a political power struggle unleashed a new and brutal armed conflict that continues today and civilians are paying the highest price.
Katie-Jay Scott Stauring, Director of Operations and Community Involvement at i-ACT, wrote this piece following her attendance at the screening of The Good Lie at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Read More »
Our latest publication on the crisis in South Sudan urges the international community to build economic leverage for peace by imposing consequences for the country’s warring elites who are undermining the peace process, committing atrocities, and obstructing humanitarian aid. Read More »
On the Occasion of the September 25 Ministerial High-Level Meeting on South Sudan during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 19 non-governmental organizations released released a joint statement on the conflict in South Sudan. Read More »
The in-depth report by Eric Reeves, Senior Fellow at the Enough Project and Professor at Smith College, details the importance of targeted sanctions and presents a case for further punitive measures by the international community in response to war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Sudanese government.
Eric Reeves, author of the report, said: "What is clear is the importance of sanctions that target those most culpable in destruction and suffering that have been concealed for years. Targeted sanctions directed at al-Bashir and his cohort of political cronies and culpable senior army officers would serve as a warning to others complicit in atrocity crimes, weaken these men politically, and strip them of assets that belong to the people of Sudan.”
"Effective targeted sanctions will require the commitment of significant financial and forensic resources,” said Dr. Reeves. “But without the cooperation of the Europeans and enhanced efforts by the United States, the brutal men in Khartoum will continue to enjoy their dwindling days of tyranny."
John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, said: “Dr. Reeves’ report scratches beneath the surface of IMF and World Bank reports on the Sudanese economy, revealing a foundation eaten away by the twin termites of corruption and excessive security spending.”
"Eric Reeves has been a powerful voice for years in support of more robust action to counter the atrocities committed by the Khartoum government,” said Prendergast. “We hope this work can inspire a greater commitment by the United States and the broader international community to sustainable peace and human rights in Sudan.”
“Watching the Bubble Burst” launches two Enough Project initiatives: an Enough Forum where expert commentary will be solicited on key issues related to the Horn, East and Central Africa, and a series of reports and investigations into the economic roots of conflict and crisis in Sudan and South Sudan.
Link to the full report “Watching the Bubble Burst: Political Implications of Sudan's Economic Implosion”: http://eno.ug/1maCY89
Presented by the Enough Project, the Enough Forum is a platform for dynamic discourse engaging critical issues, challenges and questions among thought leaders, field researchers and policy experts.
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: www.enoughproject.org.
In the past week, Sudanese activists have launched two dynamic campaigns that draw attention to their government's ongoing crimes and call on the international community to respond with decisive action. Both efforts showcase the energy and commitment of Sudanese activists to challenging their government's abuses. The Enough Project stands in solidarity with these brave activists and fully supports their call for change. Read More »
Ten years ago this week, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that genocide had been committed in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the janjaweed bore responsibility for those acts. Even though it did not actually trigger a legal obligation to act, many hoped that using the "g word" meant that the United States was crossing the Rubicon and committing itself to stopping the violence in Darfur, Sudan's most troubled region. The janjaweed, however, are still at large in Darfur -- and with the Sudanese government's help, they are now arguably more powerful than ever. Read More »
Approximately 94,000 people are displaced and sheltering in U.N. bases throughout South Sudan as a result of ongoing conflict. In the midst of dire conditions and grave humanitarian needs, the agencies at one Protection of Civilians site in Tong Ping, Juba have found a simple yet highly effective approach to meeting the information needs of internally displaced persons– broadcasting news from roving “boda boda” motorbikes. Read More »