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With Charles Taylor Conviction, Another Gain for International Justice

After a five year long trial, warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor was convicted yesterday of “aiding and abetting” a rebels notorious for their use of child soldiers and favor terror tactic, amputation, in the vicious 1991-2002 civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone in which an estimated 50,000 people died. The conviction is the first by an international tribunal of a former head of state since the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders, a development that was no doubt received with concern by the growing list of former leaders wanted for orchestrating atrocities.  Read More »

Massachusetts Considers Legislation on Conflict Minerals

The Massachusetts-based Congo Action Now group recently claimed some early success in their efforts to usher a new law through the Massachusetts legislature that would bolster the pending federal law on the use of conflict minerals from Congo. Activist and guest blogger Pat Aron writes about their initiative.  Read More »

Cash for Kony: Kerry, Boozman Introduce Bill to Expand Rewards for Justice Program

In the most recent of legislative efforts to bring Joseph Kony to justice, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator John Boozman (R-AR) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand upon the Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program to provide incentives for offering information that leads to the arrest or conviction of individuals wanted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide.  Read More »

Fulfilling the Pledge of ‘Never Again’

In an unprecedented show of commitment and accountability by the U.S. to the prevention and elimination of mass atrocities around the world, on April 23 President Barack Obama announced the launch of the first-ever Atrocities Prevention Board, or APB. The board’s inception, which has been highly anticipated within the human rights community, marks a historic step within the U.S. government to work across agencies in collaborated efforts to prevent and respond to mass atrocities around the world.  Read More »

President Obama to Launch First-ever Atrocities Prevention Board – Stay Tuned for Live Updates

In an effort to fulfill the pledge of “never again,” the APB will be charged with setting up better early warning systems for detecting mass atrocities around the globe and creating cooperative, comprehensive strategies for responding to these signals in order to intervene and stop the atrocities before they occur.  Read More »

Directing Attention to the Bosco Ntaganda Situation in Congo

Highlighting the desperate need for justice and security sector reform in eastern Congo was the defection of controversial warlord-turned-Congolese-general Bosco Ntaganda from the formal military structure, in which he took hundreds of loyal officers and soldiers with him. In the midst of the crisis, Enough’s teams in eastern Congo, Nairobi, and Washington, D.C., have churned out coverage and reflections on a variety of topics related to Ntaganda, justice reform, and the security sector in Congo. Here’s a round-up of the recent blog posts.  Read More »

Important Bosco Loyalist Accepts New Army Posting

News reached Goma yesterday that Col. Baudouin Ngaruye, one of Bosco Ntaganda’s most important allies, has accepted to be transferred to South Kivu. The reason behind Baudouin’s acceptance to be transferred away from the ex-CNDP strongholds in Masisi is uncertain, but the amount of ammunition his troops took along could point to an attempt to expand the area of control held by Ntaganda’s loyalists down to South Kivu.  Read More »

New Report: Security Sector Reform Key to Peace and Development in Congo

The Congolese government and international community should urgently reform the Congolese military and security sector, according to a newly released report spearheaded by the Eastern Congo Initiative and 12 other leading international and Congolese civil society groups, including the Enough project. The report, “Taking a Stand on Security Sector Reform,” is the product of extensive research and interviews in Congo and several donor countries.  Read More »

The DC Faith Community: Congo Policy Briefing

May 17 2012 9:30 am
May 17 2012 12:00 pm
America/New York

 

You are invited to join the Presbyterian Church (USA) - Office of Public Witness, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, Africa Faith and Justice Network and others for an advocacy and policy briefing on the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Led by stories from the Congolese diaspora, this gathering will include an open dialogue to explore practical ways the faith community can collaborate and move forward on an advocacy and policy agenda with Congo over the coming months. Areas of focus will include, conflict minerals, security sector reform, justice and impunity.

Location:
United Methodist Building
Conference Rooms 1 and 2
100 Maryland Avenue NE
Washington, DC

Refreshments will be provided.

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