Media Interviews and Questions
Aug 16, 2012
In response to growing consumer demand for electronics products free of conflict minerals from eastern Congo, the Enough Project issued its second company rankings report, “Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets: Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012,” which assesses consumer electronics companies on their progress toward responsible and conflict-free supply chains.
Aug 7, 2012
Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation and more stringent tech industry sourcing policies have led to an estimated 65 percent decrease in profit over the past two years for armed groups in eastern Congo from their trade in the conflict minerals of tin, tantalum, and tungsten, according to a new Enough Project investigative report. However, the renewed violence by the Rwanda-backed M23 rebellion threatens to greatly increase conflict minerals smuggling.
Aug 6, 2012
The African Union and U.N. Security Council renewed Darfur’s hybrid peacekeeping mission, UNAMID, this week without acknowledging the glaring failures of the Doha peace process. The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, or DDPD, signed in July 2011, is yet another attempt by the Khartoum regime to continue its ongoing divide-and-conquer strategy of dealing with each of the country’s conflicts in isolation, argues a new Enough Project report.
Jul 26, 2012
Joseph Kony and combatants from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) may be active in Sudan’s South Darfur region, which could impede a new regional strategy to stop LRA violence approved by the United Nations (UN) Security Council, a coalition of NGOs said today. The groups called upon the Council to ensure the hybrid UN and African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has the mandate to thoroughly investigate these allegations, despite objections by the Sudanese government.
Jul 23, 2012
The government of Sudan continues its brutal campaign against the civilians in Blue Nile state, which has forced thousands to flee the area, as documented by a new Enough Project report.
Satellite Sentinel Project Confirms Razing of Village in Sudan as George Clooney Helps Relaunch High-Tech Documentation of Mass AtrocitiesJul 20, 2012
The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released new satellite imagery confirming the intentional burning of Um Bartumbu village in Sudan’s conflict-torn border region of South Kordofan. SSP’s latest report, which also includes new eyewitness reports and photos embedded with GPS codes, solves the mystery of an undated cell phone video, which appeared to show a unit of Sudanese forces called the Match Battalion razing an unnamed village.
Jul 6, 2012
Yesterday, representatives from Sudan and South Sudan recommenced negotiations following a week-long break for high-level political consultations in Juba and Khartoum. As the August 2 deadline imposed by the African Union and U.N. for the conclusion of the negotiation process approaches, one thing is certain: time is running short and the only viable mechanism for consolidating peace and security between the two Sudans remains the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement inclusive of all outstanding North-South issues, according to a new Enough Project report.
Human Rights Groups, African Civic Leaders Urge Uganda to Reinstate LRA Amnesty, Promote AccountabilityJul 3, 2012
On June 25, a coalition of 22 civil society organizations and leaders in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the United States issued a statement urging the Government of Uganda to reinstate amnesty and promote accountability for Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, rebels. Since the enactment of the Act in 2000, more than 26,000 former Ugandan rebels have received amnesty, of which approximately 13,000 are former LRA rebels.
Returnee Influx to Contested Region Between the Sudans Underscores Need for Humanitarian Aid, Political Solution: Enough ProjectJun 28, 2012
The withdrawal of Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, from Abyei town in early June has paved the way for potential large-scale returns of the estimated 110,000 mostly Ngok Dinka population who were displaced from the disputed, oil-producing region of Abyei in the May 2011 Sudan government incursion.
Jun 27, 2012
Human rights groups in the US and the UK are calling on leading electronics and automotive companies to make public statements against the position taken by the US Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) on conflict minerals, or cut ties with the organization. The Chamber has made threats to overturn a key section of the Dodd-Frank Act designed to curb the deadly trade in conflict minerals from eastern Congo. The rights groups are calling on companies including Acer, AT&T, Canon, Dell, Ford, HP, IBM, Intel, Motorola Mobility, Panasonic, RIM (Blackberry), Verizon and Xerox to take this action.
Coalition of Human Rights Groups Call for Full Disclosure of Evidence Linking Rwanda to Congo RebellionJun 22, 2012
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. The coalition sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday expressing 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.
Jun 21, 2012
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.
Jun 12, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the U.N. Security Council reassesses the mandate for the world’s second largest peacekeeping operation, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or MONUSCO, it must address the serious gap in the implementation of its civilian protection strategy.
Jun 8, 2012
Recent reports by Human Rights Watch and the United Nations have uncovered a scandal in central Africa: that Rwanda has allegedly been aiding and abetting the M-23 rebellion in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo with recruits, weapons, and ammunition. If proven true, these allegations are in violation of several international laws and agreements. In response to these allegations, the Enough Project released this statement.
May 24, 2012
U.S. military advisors sent to East and Central Africa to help end the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict have had some success, but need more support in order for the mission to accomplish its goals of helping to apprehend LRA leader Joseph Kony and his top deputies and disband the group, according to a new Enough Project report.