Justice and Accountability

#ForesightAfrica: Top Priorities for Africa in 2014

Foresight Africa panelists including John Prendergast

Yesterday, the Brookings Institution brought together a diverse panel of leading experts on Africa to discuss the greatest challenges Africa will face in 2014.  Read More »

The New York Times' Room for Debate: Preventing Civil War in South Sudan

Displaced civilians prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial

The New York Times' Room for Debate posed the question: Given the critical role the United States and other foreign entities played in the creation of South Sudan, what is their responsibility as the region faces another civil war? Six panelists weigh in.   Read More »

13 Top Moments of 2013

Uprisings Against al-Bashir in Sudan

As this year comes to a close we remember the moments, both good and bad, which shaped our ongoing work to end crimes against humanity and mass atrocities in 2013. Take a minute to reflect on the successes of this year and our continued efforts in 2014 to make strides toward peace.     Read More »

Enough Project Urges U.S. Government to Act on Violence in South Sudan

On December 15, violent clashes erupted on the streets of Juba, South Sudan’s capital city. While the details surrounding the spark of the violence are unclear, it is already apparent that these clashes have the potential to destabilize the entire country.  Despite the operational constraints posed by the U.S. embassy’s evacuation of all non-essential staff, the United States government can and must do more to help avert a return to civil war in South Sudan. In an open memorandum the Enough Project outlines possible steps the U.S. could take in addition to what is presently being done.  Read More »

De Beers in Botswana: A Corporation's Impact on Human Rights

An open pit is seen at a Debswana mine, a joint venture with De Beers.

With leading world diamond corporation De Beers moving its headquarters to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana in the coming months, it is imperative for the international community to move beyond the rhetoric of Botswana as the “African Miracle” and address the human rights violations that have stemmed from resource exploitation.   Read More »

Largest LRA Defection Since 2008

LRA defectors, Invisible Children

This week, Invisible Children released breaking news of the largest Lord's Resistance Army, or  LRA, defection since 2008.   Read More »

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

A weekly roundup of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Enough Project Applauds Madison's Resolution to go Conflict Free

Date: 
Dec 5, 2013

Enough Project Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Carine Umuhumuza, cumuhumuza@enoughproject.org, 202-478-5314

The Madison City Council in Wisconsin passed a resolution earlier this week symbolically declaring the city conflict free. The resolution comes after nearly two years of a growing student movement at University of Wisconsin-Madison that campaigned the city and University to denounce the use of minerals that fuel violence and change their electronics purchasing practices to favor verifiable conflict-free products.

Last month, student activists in Madison, WI seized energy from a rally for a conflict-free Congo with Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and celebrity activist Emmanuelle Chriqui. Their hard work was realized on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 when City Council leaders unanimously approved a city resolution (RES-13-00898).

Over the past several years, student activists throughout the U.S. have been working with the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, a student-led initiative that is active on 150 campuses across the country and abroad, to pass resolutions through campus administrations. Resolutions have been passed on 16 campuses, including Duke and Stanford, and in state-wide legislation in California and Maryland. Madison joins other cities such as Pittsburgh, PA, St. Petersburg, FL, and Edina, MN who have passed similar resolutions.

The Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign, an initiative of the anti-genocide group in Washington, commended the city’s leadership.

Raise Hope for Congo Campaign Manager JD Stier said:

"Wisconsin is home to U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region, Russ Feingold as well as Congo activist Aaron Rodgers, placing Madison at the forefront of the human rights movement for peace in Congo. By leading the call to go conflict-free, Madison can inspire other cities across the nation to join the conflict-free movement."

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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.

A First For Congo: Local Elections Announced for 2014

Congolese president Joseph Kabila casts his ballot in the country's presidential

In early October, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, declared the release of a roadmap for the 2013-2016 election cycle on November 8, 2013.   Read More »

Blind Spots: Gaining Access to Areas Where the LRA Operates

The Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, has grown weaker in the past two years as the Ugandan-led and U.S.-supported counter-LRA African Union Regional Task Force, or AU-RTF, has pursued its mission to eliminate the rebel group. The regional force,however, lacks the logistical capacity and authorization to access key areas where LRA groups operate in remote areas in Central Africa.

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