The following is an interview with Jacques Bahati of Africa Faith and Justice Network, who is originally from Goma in eastern Congo, and Aaron Hall of the Enough Project. Together, they share stories of faith communities in eastern Congo and the leadership role these groups play in Congolese civil society. Read More »
When Darfuri human rights activist Abdalmageed Haroun was jailed and being tortured in Sudan several years ago, it was the late Congressman Donald Payne who was instrumental in helping secure Haroun’s release. Haroun was among a group of former colleagues, friends, and beneficiaries of Payne’s social justice-minded work who gathered last week to pay tribute to the longtime congressman, who passed away in March. The event took place on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 19, the day before World Refugee Day. Read More »
This month, Gambia-born lawyer Fatou Bensouda assumed the high profile position of chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. This profile provides some details her background, both professionally and personally. It is part of the series Enough 101. Read More »
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 »
In honoring this day, the world should turn its focus to the ever-growing refugee crisis taking place along the contested border between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as to internally displaced populations in Sudan’s Darfur region and in Jonglei state, South Sudan. Read More »
With the 23rd anniversary of President Omar al-Bashir’s oppressive rule fast approaching, protests have swept through Sudan’s capital and neighboring cities. Yet this series of demonstrations “feels different” than previous anti-regime protests, report activists on the ground. Read More »
The Enough Project joined a coalition of human rights organizations, which includes Open Society Foundation and Humanity United, urging the U.S. government to pressure the U.N. Security Council to release all of the U.N. Group of Expert’s most recent findings related to Congo. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the groups expressed concern that the publication of a crucial annex linking the government of Rwanda to the M23 mutiny in Congo was being postponed for political reasons. Read More »
Along the remote border frontiers of Congo, the Central African Republic, or CAR, and South Sudan, an underreported yet highly devastating refugee crisis continues to unfold. Hundreds of thousands of people, having fled from the vicious, predatory violence of the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, eke out a precarious existence as refugees and internally displaced people in an extremely underdeveloped region of the world. In keeping with the spirit of this past Wednesday’s World Refugee Day, Enough takes a moment to reflect on the plight and courage of these individuals. Read More »
WASHINGTON – Evidence of Rwandan support to the M23 rebellion in eastern Congo continues to surface while the release of the results of a recent investigation conducted by the U.N. Group of Experts on Congo linking Rwanda to the rebellion is being held up by wrangling within the U.N. Security Council. A new Enough Project report released today calls on the U.S. to ensure that the recent investigation into these allegations conducted by the Group of Experts is published in full and the implications for U.S. policy—including U.S. aid—fully examined.
The Enough Project calls on the U.S. and U.N. Security Council to ensure that the Group of Experts report is published immediately to help ascertain the extent of the government of Rwanda's involvement in the M23 rebellion in eastern Congo led by international war criminal Bosco Ntaganda. The government of Rwanda has a history of negatively intervening in eastern Congo, and will continue to do so to protect its own economic and security interests if action is not taken.
“As a partner for peace in the Great Lakes Region, it is imperative that the U.S. be a leader in addressing the allegations leveled against Rwanda,” said Aaron Hall, author of the report and Associate Director of Research at the Enough Project. “The ongoing environment of impunity and humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo demand that the Security Council takes full consideration of all available information. The role of Rwandan intervention can no longer be dismissed or discussed with vagaries. There must be accountability.”
Thus far, the government of Rwanda has intervened in Congolese affairs with little to no repercussion and resulting in further instability. It is time for the U.S. and the international community to send Rwanda a clear message that violating international law and breaching Congolese national sovereignty is no longer acceptable.
Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Project Senior Policy Analyst, said, “Given the seriousness of the allegations that Rwanda has been supporting one of the main rebellions causing this violence in Congo, the M23, any and all evidence must be brought to light immediately. The U.S., U.K. and other Security Council members should give robust, high-level support and further staff to the U.N. Group of Experts’ critical investigation."
Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.