In a new report released this week, Enough Project’s partner organization, Resolve, highlights priorities that the U.S. government should focus on to achieve its objectives of ending the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and rebuilding affected communities. The report, “Peace Can Be: President Obama’s Chance to Help End LRA Atrocities in 2012,” is based on extensive field research recently conducted by Resolve in Central Africa. It describes tactics that LRA leaders have used to evade arrest and justice for the past 25 years, and examines the challenges that could impede the Obama administration’s strategy to end the operations of the rebel group. Read More »
As famine or near famine conditions in South Kordofan and Blue Nile set in, the United Nations, African Union, and League of Arab States presented a proposal earlier this month that has the potential to pave the way for international humanitarian aid to reach civilian populations throughout the two Sudanese states. There is, of course, one problem: The proposal requires Khartoum’s agreement, which, not surprisingly, appears to be long in coming. Read More »
In a recent statement to the United Nations, the Enough Project in conjunction with a coalition of other NGOs is urging the U.N. Human Rights Council to examine the severe atrocities committed by Sri Lankan security forces and rebels during the final months of the country’s 26-year civil war. The statement backs an initiative by United States to press the council to address impunity in Sri Lanka during the HRC’s upcoming session in March. Read More »
Just six months remain before the Somali Transitional Federal Government’s time is up to ready the country for more permanent governing structures and institutions after more than 20 years of civil war. Marking the start of that countdown, British Prime Minister David Cameron convened a high-profile conference today in London to map out plans for concluding the transition and rally support for the many costly initiatives currently underway inside Somalia.
But what’s the good of a ‘transition’ that primarily focuses on surface-level tasks—in and of themselves no small feat in Somalia—like replacing the current leaders and building more representative, streamlined institutions? To Somalia expert Ken Menkhaus, such a process would produce little more than new names and faces but with “the same frustrating outcome.” Read More »
Legislation introduced in Congress last week could greatly propel efforts to bring to justice the world’s most wanted war criminals and human rights offenders. If passed, this legislation would bolster initiatives to arrest and convict individuals wanted by the International Criminal Court, or ICC. Read More »
The recent spate of violence in Jonglei state has drawn the world’s attention to the cyclical problem of inter-communal violence in South Sudan. When another round of violence between the Lou-Nuer and Murle people reignited in late December 2011, it was accompanied by disturbing press releases from the so-called Lou-Nuer White Army calling for the extermination of the Murle people, which appalled the public in South Sudan and beyond. Leading officials from Jonglei state, including the governor himself, do not give too much importance to these statements, but are they being too dismissive? Read More »
Activist, restaurateur, and guest blogger Magdy el-Baghdady recently returned to London from Khartoum, where he was detained in one of Sudan's most infamous prisons: Kober. He offered this horrifying insider's perspective on the violence prisoners there endure. Please be aware that some of el-Baghdady's descriptions are graphic. Read More »
Among the many crises growing more desperate by the day in Sudan, one has been largely overlooked: On April 8 the Khartoum regime will strip all "southerners" of their citizenship in the North. No matter that as many as 1 million people will be denied citizenship solely on the basis of their ethnicity; no matter that many were born and have lived all their lives in the North; no matter that these people meet the traditional international criteria for citizenship, (birth, long residence, property ownership, even pension rights). The regime in Khartoum is determined to proceed with what will be nothing less than an ethnic culling of the population in the North.
Sudan expert Eric Reeves wrote this guest post. Read More »
In a report released today, “Time Works Against Justice: Ending Impunity in Eastern Congo,” the Enough Project looks at the historical precedent of a failed Congolese justice system and its far reaching effects on the peace and reconciliation process. The paper delves into the historical context for the culture of impunity in Congo and describes both the daily injustices and the blatantly egregious high-level examples of corruption that perpetuate a culture of fear, hopelessness, and resentment among the civilian population. Read More »