International Institutions

Beyond Kampala: Creating a Legitimate Peace Process for Eastern Congo

This dispatch is based on research and interviews conducted by the author in Kampala, Uganda between September 11–18, 2013 at the site of Kampala Peace Talks between the Government of Congo and the M23. It is part of an ongoing Enough Project series on issues related to the peace process in Congo and the Great Lakes region.

National Geographic on Conflict Minerals: Opportunity to Grow the Clean Minerals Trade in Congo

A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa | Marcus Bleasdale

The latest issue of National Geographic magazine, the 125th Anniversary Collector’s Edition “Photography Issue,” explores the role conflict minerals play in the violence in eastern Congo.  Read More »

Activists Weigh Legal Options As US Government Considers Bashir Visa

President Bashir

The U.S. was put in a difficult diplomatic position this week as ICC indictee and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced his intent to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York. An agreement between the U.S. and the UN legally requires the U.S. to issue Bashir a visa and facilitate his travel. Although it might seem like restrictive international laws have created this problem, some activists see law as also offering the solution.  Read More »

Public Coalition Letter on Possible Bashir Trip

25 Sudan experts, human rights groups, and leading voices on genocide prevention, including George Clooney, Don Cheadle, John Prendergast and Omer Ismail, released an open letter addressed to President Obama, calling on the U.S. government to do everything possible to dissuade President Bashir from travelling to New York City for UN meetings. 

 

Joint NGO Position Paper: Breaking the Links

This group of 58 European and global non-governmental organizations calls on the European Commission to adopt legislation requiring European business entities to conduct supply chain due diligence in order to ensure that they do not contribute to conflict financing or human rights abuses in the production and trade in natural resources. Such legislation should, at a minimum, meet international standards endorsed by the United Nations and by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and reflect principles contained within the European Union's own Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

Joint NGO Position Paper: Breaking the Links

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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UN Security Council Issues Sudans Statements, Addresses Violence in Jonglei

Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN chairs Sudans UNSC meeting

On August 23, the U.N. Security Council issued a presidential statement addressing the ongoing situations in Sudan and South Sudan, breaking nearly a yearlong silence on the issue.  Read More »

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Activist Brief: Nine Things You Need to Know About the Conflict in Darfur

The latest round of violence in Darfur – torching of villages, terrorizing civilians, and systematically clearing prime land and resource-rich areas of their inhabitants – has forced the largest population movement since the height of the genocide in the mid-2000s. This activist brief outlines important facts about the escalating violence and highlights action for U.S. citizens to take in order to advocate for an end to the ongoing conflict in Darfur.

D.C. District Court Upholds Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rule

SEC Chair Mary Jo White

On July 23, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC rejected the lawsuit on conflict minerals legislation, section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.   Read More »

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