Justice and Accountability

Obama's Africa Trip: A Renewed Commitment to US-African Relations

President Obama speaks to young African leaders in South Africa

President Obama’s speech at the University of Cape Town on June 30 was a highlight of his anticipated trip to Africa, demonstrating a renewed commitment to US-African relations on the part of the administration.  Read More »

Enough Project Applauds Rice's Ascendance as National Security Adviser

Date: 
Jul 1, 2013

ENOUGH PROJECT MEDIA ADVISORY

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Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org
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Enough Project Applauds Rice's Ascendance as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON -- The Enough Project congratulates Ambassador Susan Rice, who assumed her new post as President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser on July 1. She faces deteriorating security situations in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as unique opportunities for peace in those countries.

Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast said:

“Ambassador Rice may not be the most conventional of diplomats, but she is relentless and thoughtful, infusing values and American interests at the core of her unceasing efforts to make a positive difference around the world. Having a firm grasp of U.S. interests in a rapidly evolving world in crucial for a National Security Adviser. My time on the National Security Council staff with Ambassador Rice in the Clinton administration was like a seminar in U.S. interests from an elite professor. Anyone who has worked with Rice would agree that she possesses strong ethical standards and works from a set of well-developed principles that guides her actions. Issues and crises will come and go, but having a deep well of character from which to draw is crucial in the role she is assuming."

Enough Project Executive Director John C. Bradshaw said:
 
"The Enough Project looks forward to working with National Security Adviser Rice on atrocity prevention and in this critical moment of opportunity for U.S. policy toward Sudan, South Sudan, the Congo, and other nations in Africa's Great Lakes region. Rice has the necessary experience and commitment to continue to elevate atrocity prevention as a national security and foreign policy priority. She should work to secure a comprehensive peace deal for Sudan with the goal of democratic transformation at its core. Sustained participation by opposition political parties, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, civil society, and youth in such a deal will level the playing field for a new Sudan.

"National Security Adviser Rice can bring much needed support to a peace process in Congo where the engagement of Uganda, Rwanda, and other Great Lakes countries will be critical to ending violence that has plagued Congo's people. Working together with Secretary of State Kerry, U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region Russ Feingold, and UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region Mary Robinson, Rice should work to ensure that Rwanda does not revert back to support to armed groups in the Congo as peace efforts gain traction." 

Policy Brief: The AUHIP Mandate Renewal, An Opportunity to Revitalize Efforts on Sudan

The mandate of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan, or AUHIP,expires on July 30, 2013. The renewal process and the panel’s forthcoming “final” report—surveying its work from October 2009 to the present day—present a unique opportunity to think about the future of this long struggle for peace.

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Policy Alert: U.S. and A.U. Diplomacy Needed to Halt Kony's New Chance to Regroup

LRA soldiers

Joseph Kony has a window to regroup the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic, which risks reversing gains made in dismantling the rebellion.  Read More »

Walk Free Challenges Nintendo with Slavery Is Not a Game Campaign

Walk Free campaign: #slaveryisnotagame

On June 19 the anti-slavery group Walk Free released a video game parody of Super Mario Bros in a new campaign addressing the use of conflict minerals in Nintendo’s products.   Read More »

Enough Project Applauds Kerry's Appointment of Feingold as Special Envoy

Date: 
Jun 18, 2013

Enough Project Media Advisory

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Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org
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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.”

Enough Project Senior Policy Analyst Sasha Lezhnev said:

“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."

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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. 

Open Letter to U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Russ Feingold

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. 

US Special Envoy Russ Feingold

Video: Invisible Children's Efforts to Promote LRA Defection

Elephants in Garamba National Park

The population of elephants in Garamba National Park in northeast Congo has dropped from 20,000 to just over 2,000 since 1960.   Read More »

Troops in the Demilitarized Zone: Confirmation of Violations by Sudan and South Sudan

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. 

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