Eastern Congo

Enough Launches New Action on Conflict Minerals, Intel Launches New Web Hub to Spread Awareness

Two new developments are happening this week on conflict minerals. First, Intel launched a major new web hub to spread awareness about the issue of conflict minerals and to help move solutions forward. Meanwhile, Enough introduced a new consumer action to demand that electronics and other companies work to build fully conflict-free products and source clean minerals from Congo.  Read More »

Op-ed: Minova's Rape Acquittals Reveal Lessons for Congo

If Congo and the international community are to learn anything productive from the Minova trial, they will look beyond its verdict. The devil - and the value - is in the details.  Read More »

Responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict zones: is the EU doing enough?

On March 5, 2014, the European Commission released its long-awaited responsible trading strategy for minerals from conflict zones. The Regulation – basically a draft law – would establish a system that is fundamentally different from the approach taken by the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule. Business & human rights experts, namely the architect of the U.N. Guiding Principles (UNGPs), John Ruggie, also expressed concern with regards to the non-binding character of the due diligence exercise envisaged by the E.U.  Read More »

Child Soldiers: The Urgency of Reintegration

This is the third in a blog series about issues currently perpetuating the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the conflict minerals trade, sexual violence, and child soldier recruitment. Although many Congolese are facing incredibly difficult situations, there are local civil society groups taking action and creating avenues for sustainable peace. In this blog series, I will discuss each issue and give examples of organizations making positive changes.  Read More »

TEDx: Capturing the Conflict Mineral Trade in DRC with Marcus Bleasdale

Enough Project Senior Fellow Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. This TEDx talk was given by him on the topic of the price of modern technology and capturing the conflict mineral trade in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The price of modern technology: capturing conflict mineral trade in Democratic Republic of Congo - Marcus Bleasdale, Enough Project Senior Fellow

Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. His work appears in National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME and his work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The US House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK. In this eye-opening talk, Marcus' photographs bear witness to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is fueled by conflict minerals to be used in everyday electronic devices.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Sexual Violence: Survivors Reclaiming Communities

This is the second in a blog series about issues currently perpetuating the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the conflict minerals trade, sexual violence, and child soldier recruitment. Although many Congolese are facing incredibly difficult situations, there are local civil society groups taking action and creating avenues for sustainable peace. In this blog series, I will discuss each issue and give examples of organizations making positive changes.  Read More »

Congo’s Minerals: From Conflict to Community Benefit

This is the first in a blog series about issues currently perpetuating the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the conflict minerals trade, sexual violence, and child soldier recruitment. Although many Congolese are facing incredibly difficult situations, there are local civil society groups taking action and creating avenues for sustainable peace. In this blog series, I will discuss each issue and give examples of organizations making positive changes.  Read More »

MSNBC Op-Ed: How John Kerry could help bring peace to Congo

The last time two Americans of this prominence traveled to Congo (then Zaire), it was for the boxing match of the century: the Rumble in the Jungle between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.   Read More »

Minnesota Lawyers Support Conflict-Free Initiative

On April 25, 2014, the Minnesota State Bar Association (“MSBA”) became the first Bar Association in the nation to adopt a conflict-free policy.  Read More »

Discuss, Engage, Act: Massachusetts Activists Engage on Three Key Initiatives for Peace in the Congo

Nonprofit groups and campus organizations throughout Massachusetts recently united at Boston University for a conference with three key goals: Elevate the conversation on the Congo within our communities; Reinvigorate our civic engagement on policies that can help bring an end to the conflict in Congo; and Commit our campuses to the conflict-free movement.   Read More »

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