Conflict Minerals

Congressmen to Schapiro: SEC Has Missed Conflict Minerals Rule Deadline by 'More Than a Year'

The U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission, or SEC, has failed to publish regulations implementing section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act nearly two years since the act’s passage. Last week, 58 members of Congress signed a letter to the chairperson of the SEC, Mary Schapiro, asking her to schedule a vote on these vital regulations before July 1, 2012.  Read More »

Can Art Save the Congo?

This op-ed, authored by Congolese advocate and artist Omékongo Dibinga, originally appeared in GlobalPost. Amid the chaos and ongoing conflict in eastern Congo, Dibinga focuses on the resilience of the Congolese people and their use of art not only as a tool of expression but also of resistance. The piece features the "I Am Congo" video profile of Congolese artist Petna Ndaliko.  Read More »

A Ripple of Hope: Duke Takes Investment Stand on 'Conflict Minerals'

The pressure is mounting on companies to create conflict-free products with minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This week, Duke University joined 10 other colleges calling for responsible monitoring of corporate supply chains that may be funding violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Read More »

Ben Affleck: Supporting African Solutions

Actor Ben Affleck describes his Enough Moment and how his Congo activism has made him think differently about aid.  Read More »

MONUSCO—Protection of Civilians: Three recommended improvements

Although civilian protection is stated to be the highest priority of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, the mission continually struggles to fulfill this mandate. Overall, the failure of the U.N. to deal with the FDLR, as a major factor in regional instability, allows for the eastern Congo crisis to fester. The optimal longer term alteration in MONUSCO’s mandate would be to empower and support it, in coordination with other actors in the region, to end the FDLR threat along the lines of the Ituri “Artemis” model. Given MONUSCO’s current mandate on civilian protection, however, this policy brief is focused only on making the existing operation a more successful one.

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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From Portland to D.C.: How We Got Our Call for Strong Conflict Minerals Rules to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

They were all drawn to Congo advocacy in different ways, but Portland-based activists Amanda Ulrich, Alysha Atma, and Robert Hadley recently joined forces to convince their Oregon representatives in the U.S. Congress to take a stand to promote peace in Congo. In this guest post they describe what it took to pull off their recent advocacy success.  Read More »

Congo Enforces Reforms by Suspending Chinese Minerals Companies

Two mineral trading companies have had their activities suspended by the Congolese government for violating a new Congolese law that requires companies to make sure they are only purchasing traceable, clean minerals. Chinese-owned companies TTT Mining (exporting as CMM) and Huaying Trading Company, based in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province, were purchasing minerals without carrying out supply chain due diligence.  Read More »

ICC Chief Prosecutor, Prendergast Discuss Court’s Challenges and Progress

As International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s tenure comes to an end in June and on the heels of developments in high-profile cases testing international justice mechanisms, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the ICC’s first decade. At a recent event hosted by the International Peace Institute in New York, it was a unique occasion that Moreno-Ocampo led the discussion of lessons learned and challenges that lie ahead.  Read More »

Enough Project Proposes Policy Recommendations to the Great Lakes Contact Group

This Thursday and Friday at The Hague, the International Contact Group on the Great Lakes Region will meet again. The new report, “At the Hague: Great Lakes Contact Group Discusses Justice and Accountability” by Enough’s Associate Director of Research Aaron Hall and Policy Analyst Ashley Benner, reflects on significant changes in the region since the group’s last meeting and proposes key steps for the contact group to adopt to promote peace, development, security, and accountability in the Great Lakes.  Read More »

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