Concluding its first-ever trial, a panel of judges at the International Criminal Court issues a verdict in the case of Thomas Lubanga, finding him guilty of recruiting child soldiers. Lubanga, a Congolese warlord, was found guilty of recruiting, training, and using child soldiers in conflict. His deputy, Bosco Ntaganda, also faces similar charges at the ICC, however, he remains un-apprehended as a general in the Congolese Army, or FARDC.To provide context behind the events surrounding Ntaganda’s recent defection, the Enough Project has produced a new timeline chronicling the major occurrences since the conviction of Ntaganda’s former commander, Thomas Lubanga, by the ICC for three counts of war crimes. The timeline details the actions of Ntaganda, as well as the other defections, troop movements, diplomatic efforts, international involvement and clashes between the mutinous soldiers and the Congolese Army.
On May 1, the Raise Hope for Congo campaign launched “I Am Congo,” a new video series highlighting voices from the ground. The series profiles five inspiring Congolese individuals—Fidel Bafilemba, Amani Matabaro, Denise Siwatula, Petna Ndaliko, and Dominique Bikaba—who are making a difference in their communities. Enough Said will be highlighting each video profile over the coming weeks. Read More »
In a letter sent today to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a coalition of 142 Congolese and international human rights organizations—including the Enough Project, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and 132 Congolese civil society organizations—called on the U.S. to provide urgent diplomatic leadership supporting the governments of Congo and Rwanda in the arrest of the notorious warlord Bosco Ntaganda. Read More »
We, the 142 undersigned Congolese and international civil society and human rights organizations, call on the government of the United States to provide urgent diplomatic leadership and support to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to arrest Bosco Ntaganda.
By Amnesty International USA, Eastern Congo Initiative, The ENOUGH Project, European Network for Central Africa (EurAc), Human Rights Watch, Humanity United, International Federation for Human Rights, Jewish World Watch, Open Society Foundations, Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project | May 3, 2012
This interview originally appeared on Ebony.com. Journalist Rebecca Carroll spoke with Enough Project’s Robert Padavick to discuss the making of Raise Hope for Congo’s new video series, “I Am Congo,” and the motivation behind it. Read More »
WASHINGTON – The Enough Project commends Maryland for passing a law to curb the global trade in conflict minerals from eastern Congo which fuel ongoing mass atrocities there.
Maryland governor Martin O’Malley signed the bill into law Thursday. The law requires Maryland to not do business with companies that fail to comply with the federal law on conflict minerals, passed in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. A provision in this federal financial reform legislation requires companies to disclose whether they source minerals from DR Congo or its neighbors and to exercise due diligence on their supply chains to determine if their products are not fueling deadly conflict in the central African country.
The state law adds a powerful incentive for companies to comply with federal law by denying them procurement contracts with the state of Maryland. The bill was introduced by Delegate Shane Robinson.
"This law shows that Maryland cares about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and that we have a responsibility to do business with companies that value the social consequences of their decisions," Robinson said. "Hopefully, more state legislatures will pass similar laws that send a message that corporations must be held accountable for social, economic, and environmental impacts at home and abroad in order to earn state contracts."
Tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold, all minerals found in consumer electronics, are mined in eastern Congo, where a decade-and-a-half of conflict has resulted in more than 5 million deaths. Armed groups that commit mass rapes and other atrocities make millions of dollars from the minerals trade and control most of the mining operations in a mafia-like cartel.
"The continuous passage of State level legislation in the U.S. shows a growing commitment from consumers and lawmakers to demand that our elected officials and corporate citizens be held responsible for the global impact of investment and supply chain management," said Aaron Hall, Enough Project associate director of research. "Nowhere is this more important than in Eastern Congo, where this demand is manifesting itself in the creation of a reformed mineral sector that will support community and economic growth and decrease violent conflict driven by the trade of conflict minerals."
The Maryland legislation is the second state to deal with Congo conflict minerals after California passed a similar law last year. Similar legislation is also under consideration in Massachusetts. Dozens of college campuses and local governments have passed resolutions pledging to buy only conflict-free products. In June 2010, Stanford University became the first campus in the nation to adopt a policy combating the trade in conflict minerals from Congo.
On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo ruled that at least 32 members of Parliament were not rightfully elected to their positions, including 17 members of President Kabila’s ruling alliance and 15 members of the opposition. Nearly 100 additional sitting MP’s may also face legal scrutiny regarding election results. Read More »
On our second trip together to Africa last Thanksgiving, we decided to go to the place where the deadliest war in the world was occurring: the Congo. The entire time we were there, we traveled with an extraordinary Congolese guy named Fidel Bafilemba. His video profile is the first in a new video series being launched by the Enough Project, called “I Am Congo.” Read More »
The mutiny instigated by Bosco Ntaganda of mostly ex-CNDP officers in early April died down relatively quickly across North and South Kivu, with most defectors turning themselves in or being arrested—except for in the Masisi territory. Soon after the rebellion started, Bosco himself retreated to his sanctuary in Masisi and his firm loyalists, who have temporarily flirted with the idea of redeploying elsewhere, are now back in the territory as well. Read More »