On June 2, the family of murdered Congolese human rights activist Floribert Chebeya filed a lawsuit in Senegal accusing a Congolese police officer of participation in the 2010 killing of Chebeya and his driver, Fidele Bazana. The new charges, filed on behalf of the victims’ relatives, are a welcomed development in an otherwise troubling series of events following Chebeya’s death. Congolese authorities should properly investigate and prosecute these crimes and ensure the families and supporters of the case are protected from intimidation and attack. Read More »
All across Congo, artists, models, minority groups, and activists are beginning to stitch together a network dedicated to saving the living treasure of their artisanal and creative practices. Although faced with the destruction of war, the Congolese people are showing fashion and art have ties to peace. Read More »
Calvin Christian High School student and guest blogger, Lydia Marcus, recounts the feeling of power she gained to personally make a difference in the world following a recent class trip to Washington, D.C. Read More »
On May 20, Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail presented at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives. The briefing, which included former U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman and citizen journalist Ryan Boyette, focused on the ongoing human rights violations and the escalation of violence throughout Sudan.Read More »
Enough will be co-hosting a pre-screening of the film “Watchers of the Sky” during the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on in New York City June 18 and 19, in partnership with the International Center for Transitional Justice. The film, inspired by Samantha Power’s A Problem From Hell, explores holding to account those who commit genocide and other atrocity crimes. Read More »
Enough Project Non-Resident Senior Fellow Christopher Day explores how in ending the hideous civil war in the Central African Republic, sanctions against leaders may help, but it is also imperative to stop the illicit trade in gems and ivory that is funding the warlords. Read More »
STATEMENT: U.S. Needs to Build on Secretary Kerry's Initiatives in South Sudan to Prevent Genocide and Famine
Today, as Secretary Kerry visits Juba in his effort to prioritize civilian protection throughout South Sudan, The Enough Project released the following statement from Co-Founder John Prendergast, former Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council:
“Two words that never should be used lightly are beginning to be heard with alarming frequency in South Sudan today: genocide and famine. The danger of both is clear and present, and state collapse threatens. Targeting people on the basis of their identity and obstructing humanitarian access puts hundreds of thousands of lives at immediate risk.
"Full support should be given to deploying troops from neighboring states to protect civilians who are most vulnerable to being attacked, raped or killed on the basis of their ethnicity.
"At the same time, meaningful consequences must be deployed for the commission of war crimes. The U.S. should work closely with neighboring states and the African Union to freeze the assets of those South Sudanese rebel or government officials found to be orchestrating human rights crimes. These officials own fixed assets and have accounts in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Dubai, but a great deal of diplomatic effort will need to convince those governments to act.
"Furthermore, the creation of a mixed special court -- partly international, partly South Sudanese -- would enhance the potential for justice and accountability for those that have orchestrated some of the worst crimes. If the idea emerges, it should be fully supported by Secretary Kerry."
The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.
The Enough Project has been closely following the violent conflict in Central African Republic, where mass killings and human rights abuses continue at an alarming rate. This new report authored by Field Researcher Kasper Agger explores the underlying drivers of the conflict, including regional dynamics and natural resource exploitation. Additionally it identifies ways the international community can support sustainable peace and stability.