You did it. Senator Feingold is the new U.S. Special Envoy for Congo. On June 18, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the appointment of former Senator Russ Feingold as the new U.S. special envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Read More »
Secretary of State John Kerry sent a powerful signal Tuesday to the people of war-torn eastern Congo by appointing former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) as the new U.S. special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region. Read More »
Enough Project Applauds Kerry's Appointment of Feingold as Special Envoy
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced former U.S. Senator Russell "Russ" Feingold (D-WI), as the new U.S. special envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Enough Project welcomes the appointment of Russ Feingold as U.S. Special Envoy and looks forward to working with him in this critical moment of opportunity for U.S. policy toward Congo and the other nations in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast said:
“Special Envoy Feingold has a great opportunity to address the core regional drivers of violence and tension that impact so negatively on the people of the Congo. While making it clear that there will be serious consequences for any continuation of past Rwandan and Ugandan support to Congolese armed groups, he should support the development of investment initiatives that demonstrate the benefits of regional economic cooperation for all three countries. This is the crucial incentive for peace that has been missing from past initiatives.”
“Secretary Kerry is making a splash in Africa's Great Lakes region by appointing Feingold as special envoy. Feingold must now apply leverage and incentives to drive democratic reforms in Congo. He must work closely with U.N. envoy Mary Robinson to ensure that a peace process between Congo and its neighbors addresses security, economic, and refugee issues."
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 and a coalition of human rights experts congratulate Special Envoy Russ Feingold on his appointment as U.S. Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes region and call on him to lead the efforts for stability and peace in the central Africa. The signatories include: Anthony W. Gambino, former USAID Mission Director to the DRC; Stephen R. Weissman, Former Staff Director; House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa; John Prendergast and Sasha Lezhnev of the Enough Project; Mark Schneider of the International Crisis Group; David Abramowitz of Humanity United; Sarah Pray of the Open Society Policy Center; Jason K. Stearns of the Rift Valley Institute; Wynnette LaBrosse of Open Square; Jolly Okot and Lisa Dougan of Invisible Children; Dr. Denis Mukwege of Panzi Hospital; Michael Poffenberger of The Resolve; Michel Gabaudan of Refugees International; Jacques Bahati of the Africa Faith and Justice Network; Vukasin Petrovic of Freedom House; Sean D. Carasso and Monique Beadle of Falling Whistles; Alysha Atma of the Atma Foundation; Timi Gerson of American Jewish World Service; Naama Haviv of Jewish World Watch; and Jensine Larsen of World Pulse.
The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services, or NISS, confiscated over 10 major newspapers in Sudan in May of 2012, banned 13 journalists from operation, and identified several prohibited topics of discussion. Read More »
A new report by the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, reveals that Sudan and South Sudan have troops in at least 14 locations within their contested border zone in violation of September 2012 agreements to demilitarize the border region. Read More »
A new Satellite Sentinel Project report confirms that Sudan and South Sudan have violated bilateral agreements to create a safe demilitarized zone border. DigitalGlobe satellite imagery acquired in May and June 2013 reveals violations at least 14 locations within the zone.
By Satellite Sentinel Project and The Enough Project | Jun 14, 2013
Satellite Sentinel Project and Enough Project Press Release
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Sudans: Satellite Imagery Confirms Troops in Demilitarized Zone
WASHINGTON -- New DigitalGlobe satellite imagery confirms that, in contradiction of U.N. reports, and in violation of security agreements, both Sudan and South Sudan maintain troops in at least 14 locations within their contested border zone. The two nations' agreements to create a safe, demilitarized border zone have recently been put in jeopardy by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's statements repudiating September 2012 cooperation agreements between the Sudans.
George Clooney, Co-founder of the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, a partnership between the Enough Project and DigitalGlobe, said:
"Our satellite imagery independently proves that in spite of their promises otherwise, both Sudan and South Sudan have troops where they should not be. By shining a spotlight on their violations, we hope that the two states will see that they have too much to lose to keep undermining these important agreements."
On March 8, 2013, Sudan and South Sudan agreed to completely withdraw all military forces from the border zone by April 5. However, satellite imagery taken in May and June, and analyzed for SSP, by DigitalGlobe Analytics, reveals that almost two months after both nations should have withdrawn all of their troops, armed forces from both parties are present in multiple locations within the border zone.
On May 17, a report from the U.N. Secretary General noted that a joint monitoring team composed of U.N., Sudan, and South Sudan forces had “verified that there was no military presence” in several border locations, such as the South Sudanese towns of Kiir Adem, Teshwin, and Wunthou. The report also said that the joint team had provided “aerial verification” that SAF had withdrawn troops from border locations, such as the Sudanese towns of Radom and al Kwek, and the South Sudanese village of Kilo 4, and that “no armed forces were observed during those verifications either.” However, SSP's latest report confirms South Sudan and Sudan’s military presence in all six of those locations, as well as eight other locations, in contravention of their agreement to create a safe, demilitarized border zone.
John Prendergast, Co-Founder of the Enough Project and the Satellite Sentinel Project, stated:
"With bilateral issues such as Sudan's threat to shut off the oil pipeline deepening tensions, it is perilous for Sudan and South Sudan to persist with military deployments in contravention of their demilitarization agreement. The great risk of such transgressions is that any spark between the two states involving forces under their control in the border zone could start a raging fire of conflict."
May 23 imagery shows a reinforced infantry company of the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, at Keri Kera and confirms that artillery howitzers and apparent tank tracks remain visible. Additionally, DigitalGlobe Analytics confirms that tents and structures located in the area are consistent with military presence. Previous analysis has confirmed that a SAF infantry unit supported by tanks and artillery has been present at Keri Kera for more than two years. Further documentation of violations in Sudan include imagery showing tents and foxholes consistent with military presence in the al Kwek area of Sudan’s White Nile state.
DigitalGlobe imagery taken on June 3 also reveals evidence of noncompliance by South Sudan. Satellite imagery released by SSP reveals elements of a Sudan People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA, reinforced infantry battalion and four tanks in Wunthou, five miles (7.5 km) south of the border. At least 200 tents and temporary structures are also visible. SSP also released DigitalGlobe imagery of what appears to be a prohibited, platoon-sized infantry unit near the border village of Emtidad, in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.
“The Sudans have taken some steps toward setting up this demilitarized zone, but this satellite imagery proves that armed forces remain in at least 14 locations. The U.N took an important first step by authorizing more peacekeeping troops to help monitor this area. But for real stabilization to occur, Sudan and South Sudan need to commit to complete compliance.”