On Wednesday June 8, Enough's Brad Brooks-Rubin, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, convening for a session on “U.S. Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
On Wednesday June 8, Enough Project Policy Director, Brad Brooks-Rubin, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, convening for a session on “U.S. Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Read the blog on the testimony here and watch the video below. (Brooks-Rubin’s testimony begins just after the 53:17 mark)
Enough Project's program explores how deploying a series of modernized sanctions tools can create the leverage necessary to achieve the broader diplomatic goal of a successful and comprehensive peace process.
The Enough Project's program, "A New Approach to Sudan," explored how deploying a series of modernized sanctions tools, including adopting elements of the playbook used in places like Iran, can both create the leverage necessary to achieve the broader diplomatic goal of a successful and comprehensive peace process, and also can mitigate the negative impacts of sanctions on the Sudanese people. The program was hosting on April 28, 2016.
John Prendergast testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa's hearing on “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security.”
John Prendergast, Enough Project Founding Director, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations' hearing on “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security,” given on April 27, 2016.
Enough's Brad Brooks-Rubin discusses factors undermining regional stability and sustainable peace across the Horn of Africa.
On January 28, 2016, Brad Brooks-Rubin, Policy Director, Enough Project joined fellow panelists Manal Taha, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School, Tufts University for a discussion on factors undermining regional stability and sustainable peace across the Horn of Africa. The panel, hosted by USIP, was moderated by Amb. Princeton Lyman.
Enough Project's Akshaya Kumar joins a Google Hangout hosted by the Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies on the situation in South Sudan.
Courtesy: Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies. Streamed live on Aug 3, 2015.
In July 2011, with a 99.83% pro-vote, South Sudan became an independent state. After years of civil war and violence, many believed that the schisms that one divided “larger” Sudan might dissipate, allowing for the development of good governance, judicial accountability, and at least a modicum of prosperity. In 2013, however, as divisions emerged in the governing structure of the young country, the population seemed to become split on the basis of their loyalty to either the president, or his newly fired ex-deputy, and violence emerged once more. The subsequent conflict between South Sudan’s government forces—the SPLA—and the rebel SPLA-In Opposition (IO), has seen some of the most atrocious violations of human rights, especially in oil producing Unity State. A recent Human Rights Watch report documents several cases of rape, extra-judicial killings, torture, civilians-targeted attacks, and countless other war crimes and crimes against humanity. 143,000 students are currently enrolled in UNICEF emergency education programs. 2 millions individuals have been displaced. 4 millions are living in a state of food insecurity. The humanitarian crisis alone merits the attention of the international community, yet continues to fall in deaf ears.
Skye Wheeler is a researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Africa Division working on South Sudan and Sudan.
Akshaya Kumar is the Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst for the Enough Project.
As President Obama journeys to Africa, one human rights group believes a new strategy is needed to stop deadly conflicts in the region - by going after the money funding the warfare. This week, the Enough Project launched its initiative called The Sentry.
As President Obama journeys to Africa, one human rights group believes a new strategy is needed to stop deadly conflicts in the region - by going after the money funding the warfare. This week, the Enough Project launched its initiative called The Sentry, which was co-founded by actor George Clooney. As Clooney explained, 'we want to follow the money and find out how mass atrocities are funded.' TheStreet spoke about The Sentry with Akshaya Kumar, a policy analyst at the Enough Project.
In this TEDxAmericanUniversity talk, Akshaya makes a call for the human rights movement to adopt a new vocabulary and apply a different toolbox for atrocity prevention: financial crimes enforcement.
From Save Darfur to Kony2012, activists have been forced to confront the very real limits of name and shame strategies. Relying on the discourse of emotional empathy and moral outrage has not yielded dividends in the struggle to stem the tide of atrocities around the world. But, while America's diplomatic capital may be depleted, our financial systems remains indispensable. Recognizing that global capital cannot move without coming into contact with US dollars, Akshaya makes a call for the human rights movement to adopt a new vocabulary and apply a different toolbox for atrocity prevention: financial crimes enforcement.
Video Supervisor: Ford Fischer
Filmed by Arun Raman, Delana Listman, and Elaina Kimes
Edited by Ford Fischer
Recorded in The Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre at American University, Washington, DC
Akshaya is a human rights advocate with a special interest in addressing the complex political and legal challenges presented by transitional and post-conflict contexts. She currently coordinates the Enough Project's work on Sudan and South Sudan with timely, gender sensitive research, advocacy and analysis about the human rights situation in both countries. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School and an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her passion for Sudan and South Sudan was originally sparked through work as a volunteer teacher at St. Andrews refugee services in Cairo.