Press Releases

Mass Atrocity Prevention Post Rwanda and Darfur

Date: 
Apr 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact: Mark Quarterman, mquarterman@enoughproject.org, 202-372-6295
 
Mass Atrocity Prevention Post Rwanda and Darfur

 
Washington, DC – Today, Rwandans and the international community will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 days. As commemorations unfold worldwide, an Enough Project report, released today, discusses modern mass atrocity prevention as we mark the anniversary of Rwanda’s genocide and recognize the 10th year of genocide in Darfur. The report “Rwanda 20 and Darfur 10: New Responses to Africa's Mass Atrocities” calls for a renewed approach to addressing the interlinked nature of modern-day African conflicts and mass atrocity crimes. 

In the twenty years since the Rwandan genocide, Africa’s wars have become increasingly marked by integrated conflict systems, which spill over borders and include an array of armed groups. The conflicts, spanning the Horn of Africa, East Africa, and Central Africa, have taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Conventional peace processes and peacekeeping operations, however, are limited in scope and have largely failed to address the complexities of modern African conflict and mass atrocities. As a result, they fail to address the core systemic drivers of violence. 

Enough Project co-founder and author of the report, John Prendergast, says: 

"Without addressing the complicated transnational root causes of conflict and mass atrocities, without being much more inclusive, without dealing decisively with spoilers, and without integrating broader regional actors, today’s peace processes have no chance of producing sustainable peace."

To combat this, the report argues for new approaches to peacemaking and civilian protection that make a real difference in the lives of people in conflict-ridden regions. A new strategy should be marked by broader peace mechanisms, which include an effective response system from the international community and comprehensive and regional peace processes that address core drivers of conflict.

Read the report, “Rwanda 20 and Darfur 10: New Responses to Africa's Mass Atrocities” -  http://www.enoughproject.org/files/Rwanda-20-and-Darfur-10.pdf 

Feingold, Robinson, Kobler, and Dos Santos Must Play Critical New Roles in Congo Peace Process

Date: 
Apr 3, 2014

Embargoed : April 3, 2014 12:01AM EST

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

Feingold, Robinson, Kobler, and Dos Santos Must Play Critical New Roles in Congo Peace Process 

 Washington, DC - Angola’s emergence as the regional leader of the DRC peace process has given new life to ending the world’s deadliest war since WWII, argues a new Enough Project report. The report, “Feingold, Robinson, Kobler and Dos Santos: International Keys to Peace in Congo” urges U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold, U.N. Special Envoy Mary Robinson, U.N. Special Representative Martin Kobler, and Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos to build on the successes in Congo over the past year by revitalizing a two-track, inclusive peace process for Congo, with one track focusing on regional issues and the other on internal ones.
 
The report argues that the regional track of the peace process should focus on making sure the negotiations led by the heads of state address the security and economic drivers of the war, and that the domestic track should ensure that Congo undertakes domestic governance reforms. Both tracks should link closely to civil society, private sector, and women’s dialogues launched by UN Special Envoy Robinson.
 
Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Project Senior Policy Analyst and co-author of the report, said: 

“The road to peace in Congo is at a critical crossroads. Now that the M23 poses a much lesser threat, there are four major roadblocks to peace: the FDLR, conflict gold and smuggling, a lack of accountability for war crimes, and Congo's frustrated elections. U.S. and U.N. Special Envoys Russ Feingold and Mary Robinson should work closely with Angolan President dos Santos to broker talks on the first three critical issues while encouraging Congolese President Kabila to not run for another term.”

John Prendergast, Enough Project co-founder and co-author of the report, said:

“The foundation for a viable, comprehensive peace process for the deadly war in the Congo is finally emerging. The obstacles, however, are daunting.  Focusing on meaningful steps forward on specific issues that have fanned the flames of regional intervention will go a long way to extinguishing the fires that have burned in Congo since the 1994 Rwandan genocide spilled across their common border.  Bringing an end to the FDLR, creating a clean minerals export trade, and ensuring justice for human rights crimes will remove incentives for neighboring states to destabilize Congo and instead promote peaceful, transparent cooperation throughout the region.”   

Read the report, “Feingold, Robinson, Kobler and Dos Santos: International Keys to Peace in Congo”: http://enoughproject.org/files/InternationalKeystoPeaceinCongo.pdf

Addressing Root Causes of Sudan’s Wars Key to Sudan Peace Agenda

Date: 
Apr 1, 2014

Enough Project Press Release

Embargoed Until: April 1, 2014, 12:01am EST 

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

Addressing Root Causes of Sudan’s Wars Key to Sudan Peace Agenda

Washington, DC — As the African Union convenes talks with the Sudanese government and rebel leaders, a new Enough Project report advocates a more comprehensive and inclusive  humanitarian ceasefire and an overall peace process that addresses urgent needs across Sudan’s periphery in a coordinated way. The report, “Sudan’s Tortured Peace Process,” urges African Union and American diplomats to recognize the interconnected nature of Sudan’s conflicts and pursue approaches that recognize the interests of all parties. It argues that a comprehensive approach, addressing marginalization across Sudan, can bring transformative political change that Sudanese people demand.

Sudan’s peace processes are currently segmented, with separate, ineffective frameworks for Darfur and the Two Areas (South Kordofan and Blue Nile). The separate structures fail to reflect the interconnected nature of the rebel coalition and the active conflicts--where a break in hostilities in one area can worsen the fighting elsewhere. As talks on the Two Areas resume in Addis Ababa, rebel leaders seek discussion of broader issues while Sudanese government officials and African Union mediators resist holistic talks. Many groups, including Sudanese civil society organizations, independent international analysts, African Union and European Union leaders, and U.S. officials have endorsed a comprehensive approach. The international community has failed, however, to commit the necessary diplomatic resources to build a broad international coalition to support such a peace process.

As violence escalates and urgent humanitarian needs increase, the divided approach to integrated problems undermines efforts to address urgent humanitarian needs.

Omer Ismail, Enough Project Sudan Advisor, says: 

"The international community has done little to reject this stove-piping of Sudan’s conflicts. As conflicts in Sudan’s periphery worsen, the negotiating parties must stop pursuing this dead-end approach to the peace process that plays directly into Khartoum’s divide and conquer strategy." 

To effectively advance a holistic peace agenda in Sudan, the report recommends that African Union and U.S. leaders take four critical steps: 

1. African Union mediators should unify national dialogues and separate peace processes to comprehensively address conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and eastern Sudan.
2. The U.S. should build an international coalition to push for a comprehensive peace process and boost its diplomatic efforts by deploying an additional U.S. envoy.
3. American lawmakers should pass a measure to allow capacity-building support for Sudan’s opposition and civil society; and 
4. The U.S. should use targeted sanctions and other sources of financial leverage to pressure combatants to pursue a comprehensive peace initiative.

Akshaya Kumar, Enough Project Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, says:

"A divided peace process mounts especially high stakes for civilians living in Sudan’s conflict-affected areas. This year’s rainy season is beginning early, putting millions at risk of food insecurity. An estimated four million in Sudan now face “emergency level” insecurity."

Read the full report, “Sudan’s Tortured Peace Process”: http://www.enoughproject.org/files/SudansTorturedPeaceProcess.pdf

Enough Project Applauds Obama Administration's Bolstering of Counter-LRA Mission

Date: 
Mar 24, 2014

Enough Project Media Advisory

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sandi Fox, sfox@enoughproject.org, 202-478-6325

Enough Project Applauds Obama Administration's Bolstering of Counter-LRA Mission

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Obama administration announced on March 23 that it will enhance the counter-LRA mission by deploying at least four high-speed, troop-transporting CV-22 Osprey helicopters. The helicopters will support the African Union Regional Task Force.

The Enough Project is encouraged by the additional support offered by the administration and applauds President Obama’s dedication to ending the LRA, which has been killing civilians and abducting children in central Africa since 1987.

Enough Project Field Researcher Kasper Agger said:

“The Osprey helicopters are a critical new piece of the puzzle in the mission to end the LRA. This will enable the African partner forces of the U.S. to be able to act swiftly to apprehend Kony and other LRA leaders who continue to terrorize civilians in central Africa. The deployment confirms the U.S. resolve regarding the mission and sends a strong signal about the Obama administration’s commitment to atrocity prevention.”

Sasha Lezhnev said:

“The new U.S. helicopters are like a turbo boost for the mission to find Kony. They give the operation the ability to act much more quickly on intelligence. The forces will now be able to search in several places at once, and when there is a report of Kony's whereabouts, the Ospreys can get there quickly. The White House deserves praise for bolstering the LRA mission, as backing off would allow Kony to regroup and perpetrate mass atrocities once again.”

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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.

DR Congo: US, UN Must Address Sexual Violence in Peace Process

Date: 
Mar 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

DR Congo: US, UN Must Address Sexual Violence in Peace Process 

Washington, D.C. — Addressing sexual and gender-based violence—a defining feature of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo—is critical to the success of Congo’s peace process, argues a new Enough Project report released today. The report, “Interrupting the Silence: Addressing Congo’s Sexual Violence Crisis within the Great Lakes Regional Peace Process,” urges U.S. and U.N. policymakers to integrate tools to end sexual and gender-based violence and to address the links between sexual violence, and the economic and political drivers of war in Congo’s peace process.

In the Congo, sexual and gender-based violence, or SGBV, is a tool of war, committed often in tandem with other human rights violations, including land grabs, illicit minerals trading, and forced displacement. Rape and other forms of sexual violence have been used to instill fear, distrust, and shame and manipulate group psychologies, which in turn weaken community networks, and undermine the protection of women and children. Discourse on SGBV in the context of war has long been isolated from topics of conflict economics and security in Congo. Additionally, the lack of reliable statistics on SGBV in Congo has hindered a holistic understanding of the problem, despite increased international attention in the past several years.  New research, however, highlights its inextricable links with the conflict as a whole and affirm the scale and severity of the problem and its impact on Congolese society. 

Holly Dranginis, Enough Project Policy Associate and author of the report, says: 

"Women are still being raped in Congo at very high rates, and severe stigma maintains its grasp on survivors. Perpetrators are getting away with these crimes. Congo’s peace process, with its renewed momentum and unprecedented international support, presents an opportunity to stop this horror. We need practical policy changes to protect women and girls and sophisticated, high-level prosecutions to send a clear message that those who use rape to exert power and control will not go unpunished."

“Interrupting the Silence” warns that the exclusion of SGBV and women’s empowerment in the greater peace process could undermine the development of a truly peaceful post-conflict society. To combat this, the report recommends that international and regional stakeholders emphasize the empowerment and inclusion of women within the peace agenda, including: 

  • Decision-making opportunities in the the Great Lakes Women’s Platform, launched by U.N. Special Envoy Mary Robinson last month; 
  • Assisting in the establishment of a mixed chamber to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity, including SGBV; and 
  • Integrating a gendered perspective into security sector reform and DDR programs.

The continued transformation of eastern Congo’s minerals sector, particularly gold, into a formalized, conflict-free trade would also combat sexual violence by providing economic opportunities for women and pushing armed groups out of mines they often control by committing rape, sexual torture, and enslavement against civilians.

John Prendergast, Enough Project Co-Founder, says:

"Sexual violence is a tool of social control and terror. It is impossible to separate as its own crisis isolated from rebel offensives, illicit minerals trading, and security sector reform. For high-level policymakers to drive an effective peace process, sexual violence must be addressed alongside these more traditional economic and political challenges and with the same urgency and commitment."

Read the report: http://www.enoughproject.org/files/InterruptingtheSilence_AddressingCongosSexualViolenceCrisiswithintheGreatLakesRegionalPeaceProcess.pdf

UN: Authorize Peacekeeping Mission for Central African Republic

Date: 
Mar 13, 2014

 

Leading Rights Groups Urge Rapid Action 

(New York, March 13, 2014) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should immediately authorize the deployment of a strong UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic(CAR), nine leading African and international human rights groups said today in a joint letter to the foreign ministers of security council member states. Such a mission, as envisioned in the report UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted to the council on March 3, 2014, is urgently needed to protect civilians in the country. 

The groups signing the letter are: Amnesty International, the Central African League for Human Rights (LCDH), the Central African Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH), Enough Project, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Human Rights Watch, Humanity United, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and Invisible Children.

“With an entire year of bloodshed in CAR, the security council should have authorized a UN peacekeeping mission months ago,” said Philippe Bolopion, UN director at Human Rights Watch. “There is a massive humanitarian and human rights crisis in the country, which has not received the response needed to protect thousands of people who have endured killings, rape, pillage, and displacement from their homes.” 

The human rights crisis plaguing the country since the Seleka took power in March 2013 is compounded by complete impunity for serious human rights abuses. The country has experienced, according to the UN report, a “total breakdown of law and order,” with a collapsed justice system, wrecked correctional facilities, and security forces unable to function. Even the most blatant crimes have gone unpunished. 

Despite an increase in international attention to this crisis, the UN secretary-general found a “grave deterioration of the human rights situation” in the country. The deployment of close to 6,000 African Union (AU) troops and 2,000 French troops is, according to the UN, “not sufficient, and lacks the civilian component to adequately protect civilians.” French and AU forces have not been able to stem the flight of Muslim communities to neighboring countries. In Bangui, according to the UN, only 900 of 140,000 Muslims remain in the capital, and those left behind fear for their lives.  

Seleka forces have retreated to the north with most of their weapons and equipment and continue to pose a serious threat to civilians. Anti-balaka forces continue to torment the few remaining Muslim residents in the country.

The joint letter says that only a strong UN peacekeeping mission, with the resources and the civilian expertise needed to improve the protection of civilians, can help create conditions conducive to the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid, help re-establish the basic functions of the rule of law in the country, create the conditions for a safe and voluntary return of displaced people, monitor and report publically on human rights violations, and disarm and reintegrate armed elements.

“The residents of Central African Republic have waited long enough,” said Bolopion. “The time for action by the UN Security Council is now.”

To view the joint letter to the foreign ministers of UNSC member states, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/node/123773

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on the Central African Republic, please visit:
https://www.hrw.org/africa/central-african-republic

For more information, please contact:
In New York, for Human Rights Watch, Philippe Bolopion (English, French): +1-917-734-3201; or Bolopion@hrw.org. Follow on Twitter @Bolopion
In New York, for the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Naomi Kikoler (English): +1-347-839-0663; or nkikoler@globalr2p.org.
In Paris, for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Central African League for Human Rights (LCDH), and the Central African Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH), Florent Geel (English, French, Spanish, Greek): +33-6-48-06-92-23; or fgeel@fidh.org. Follow on Twitter @fidh_africa and @florentGEEL
In San Francisco, for Humanity United, Tim Isgitt (English): +1-202-669-1917; or TIsgitt@humanityunited.org
In Washington, DC, for Enough Project, Carine Umuhumuza (English, Kinyarwanda): +1-202-478-5314; or cumuhumuza@enoughproject.org. Follow on Twitter @EnoughProject

Abyei: Renewed Violence Increases the Risk of War

Date: 
Mar 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Abyei: Renewed Violence Increases the Risk of War

In the wake of renewed violence in the contested Abyei region that lies between Sudan and South Sudan, a new Enough Project policy alert warns that intercommunal attacks with unclear degrees of state support are risking a conflagration within Abyei that threatens to drag both countries back into conflict. Looming Crisis: Open Wounds in Abyei Increase Risk of New War urges UNISFA to facilitate demilitarization of the area and calls on national, regional, and international stakeholders to move to resolve the final status of Abyei.

Abyei is home to the Ngok Dinka semi-sedentary communities, and the nomadic Misseriya migrate across the area annually to graze their cattle and access water sources. Due to long-term grievances that the promised referendum will never occur and Abyei has been abandoned, the Ngok Dinka are now challenging the Misseriya’s traditional, annual migration south ahead of the rainy season. The current violence is threatening the livelihood of the Misseriya and exacerbating already high tensions.

Since early February, attacks on communities and cattle have been reported in the villages of Makir, Athony, Marial Achak, Todac, and Dungop, killing dozens and causing hundreds of civilians to flee Abyei. The policy alert states that state and non-state actors have been active in and around the Abyei area, including 660 forces from South Sudan’s SPLA, 150 Sudanese police officers, and non-state actors and rebel groups loyal to Khartoum and Juba.

Maiwen Dot Pheot, Enough Research Associate and author of the policy alert, says,

“These political maneuvers come at a very expensive cost for civilians in the Abyei area. The Ngok Dinka people who were gradually returning to their areas for the last two years are now being displaced again. On the other hand, the Misseriya nomads will face challenges moving southward due to fears of reprisal attacks by the Ngok Dinka. The international community must redouble efforts to help local community leaders and governments in Juba and Khartoum to find a lasting solution to this potential powder keg."

In order to prevent the escalation of violence, the policy alert calls for the demilitarization of the region, which Sudan and South Sudan committed to three years ago. However, while demilitarization could quell future violence, a lasting solution to Abyei's conflict depends on determining the final status of the area. Therefore, the policy brief calls on Sudan and South Sudan to resume talks on Abyei and urges international stakeholders, including the African Union Peace and Security Council, to push for a lasting solution to the Abyei conflict based on the AUHIP’s proposal on Abyei. Only through the resolution of Abyei's political status will the people of the area be able to return to peaceful coexistence.

Read the report, “Looming Crisis: Open Wounds in Abyei Increase Risk of New War.”

Motorola Solutions and AVX Expand Solutions for Hope in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date: 
Mar 13, 2014

 

Expansion enables sourcing of key mineral from North Kivu without involvement of illegal armed groups

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – March 13, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) and AVX Corporation (NYSE: AVX) today announced expansion of Solutions for Hope to the Province of North Kivu, the conflict-prone area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The innovative Solutions for Hope platform allows tantalum from the DRC to be used in Motorola Solutions and AVX products without the involvement of illegal armed groups, or “conflict free.” Tantalum is a material used to manufacture certain capacitors that enable electronic products and is derived from the mineral coltan, which is in rich supply in the DRC.

KEY FACTS

  • Solutions for Hope was launched in July 2011 in the DRC’s Katanga province. For the first time in the region, it created a “closed-pipe” supply model that has proven effective. The model uses a defined set of suppliers covering the mines, smelters, capacitor manufacturers (AVX) and end users (Motorola Solutions).
  • As a result, Solutions for Hope not only validates that “conflict minerals” do not enter the supply chain but also creates economic benefits for artisanal miners and their families. Thus, it supports the policies of the United States and the European Union because it avoids imposition of a de facto, country-wide embargo on the DRC that would impoverish non-conflict areas.
  • The same closed-pipe model will engage a mine (Mwangachuchu Hizi International (MHI)) and smelters (F&X and Global Advanced Metals) to initiate a flow of tantalum within a conflict-free framework in North Kivu that will help enable miners to work and support their families and generate transparent public revenue for the DRC.
  • New legislation requires U.S. companies to disclose the use of certain minerals, including tantalum, used in their products and to describe the process used to ensure that the purchase of these minerals does not fund the illegal armed groups operating in the DRC. Solutions for Hope is consistent with the requirements of this new legislation.
  • Solutions for Hope supports  the development and implementation of several initiatives already under way in cooperation with the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the government of the DRC to establish a conflict-free infrastructure in the DRC, such as:
    • The iTSCi Programme, which provides due diligence assessment on the upstream supply chain; baseline and continual evaluation of the circumstances around the mine; facilitation of stakeholder engagement; traceability of minerals produced and independent auditing
    • Certification of mines by German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) Certified Trading Chains
    • Validation and capacity building of conflict-free supply chains put in place by the government of the DRC with support from multiple donors, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the EU
    • Conflict-free smelter program by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative
    • Due diligence guidance and implementation by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Group of Experts
    • Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade, which links global end users with upstream operators and governments to promote responsible sourcing
  • A multi-stakeholder group with representatives from AVX, Motorola Solutions, Global Advanced Metals, the Enough Project, the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade and the USAID implementing partner International Organization for Migration visited the MHI mine site and North Kivu provincial authorities in November 2013 to evaluate the feasibility of the project in the region.
  • An independent auditor has validated Solutions for Hope so it can be used by other companies that wish to demonstrate a responsible supply chain while continuing to use DRC-mined minerals.
  • North Kivu is a province bordering Lake Kivu in the eastern DRC. Its capital is Goma. The region is politically unstable and has been one of the flashpoints in military conflicts in the region since 1994.
  • Solutions for Hope demonstrates the commitment of AVX and Motorola Solutions to being in the vanguard of companies committed to humane, people-focused responses to the conflict-mineral problem.
  • Motorola Solutions and AVX will continue to work with stakeholders to evaluate the project so that lessons can be shared with other industries in other regions and Solutions for Hope can be expanded.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Willing King, deputy general manager - tantalum, AVX Corporation

“AVX is dedicated to achieving the highest standards for conflict-free supply chains using innovative and reliable methods that preserve and protect human rights around the globe. AVX has been and will continue to be a corporate leader and partner to establish groundbreaking practices that set an example for other companies to reach the goal of a conflict-free supply chain without victimizing the innocent.”

Rich Valin, chief procurement officer, Motorola Solutions

“While the problem of conflict minerals cannot be solved by one company or a single industry, Solutions for Hope underscores Motorola Solutions’ commitment to responsible sourcing from the DRC. We have helped to create this supply line to demonstrate that the DRC can and should remain a viable source of conflict-free minerals. This tightly controlled supply line will validate conflict-free tantalum for these capacitors and support the conflict-free verification systems being implemented in the DRC.”

Sasha Lezhnev, senior policy analyst, Enough Project

“Building a conflict-free mine in the heart of eastern Congo is both a tremendous and courageous step in an area where deadly armed groups roamed just a year ago. Motorola Solutions, AVX, and MHI deserve serious praise for making this happen. We look forward to seeing concrete benefits for Congolese miners and communities from the project, as we have seen from other clean mines in the region.” 

Diana Putman, USAID mission director for Democratic Republic of Congo

“The start-up of legitimate conflict-free mining in North Kivu is a significant milestone and supports USAID's long-term goal of establishing a more stable economic environment in eastern Congo that generates benefits for local populations and transparent revenue for the Congo’s government. These efforts demonstrate to the world that with the proper cooperation of governments, civil society and industry a truly conflict-free supply chain can be developed within some of the more historically troubled areas of the DRC. We applaud and support the efforts of companies that engage in conflict-free sourcing from the DRC.”

SUPPORTING RESOURCES

Website: AVX Corporation
Website: Motorola Solutions

Website: Motorola Solutions Sourcing of Metals

Website: Solutions for Hope
U.S. Legislation: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

 

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About Motorola Solutions

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About AVX

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 26 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AVX).

 

About Solutions for Hope

Solutions for Hope is a platform that supports companies, civil society organizations and governments working together to responsibly source minerals from regions experiencing conflict and where market access is limited by opaque supply chains. The program manages risk for participating companies and offers recognition for participation. The Solutions for Hope model is being explored for further expansion to gold and to other locations where increased transparency, traceability and supply chain due diligence is sought for tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The Solutions for Hope program is part of RESOLVE’s Solutions Network.

Media contacts:

Tama McWhinney

Motorola Solutions

+1 847-538-1865

tama.mcwhinney@motorolasolutions.com

Callie Baldwin

AVX Corporation

864-967-9375

callie.baldwin@avx.com

Zainab Bangura, Samantha Power, and Robin Wright to Lead International Women's Day Discussion on Women, Conflict, and the Prevention of Sexual Violence

Date: 
Feb 28, 2014

Enough Project Press Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Zainab Bangura, Samantha Power, and Robin Wright to Lead International Women’s Day Discussion on Women, Conflict, and the Prevention of Sexual Violence

Washington, D.C. — In honor of International Women's Day, the Enough Project and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict will co-host a high-level special event on Thursday, March 6, at United Nations headquarters in New York. The discussion, entitled “International Women’s Day: Elevating the Conversation on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict,” will cover the ways in which women experience conflict, the role of women in Congo’s peace process, efforts to combat the conflict minerals trade, and urgent actions needed to end and prevent sexual violence.

The event will be available via a live webcast to the public and can be followed on social media using the hashtag #ElevatePeace.

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Please join the Enough Project along with the United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, and The United Nations Academic Impact Department of Public Information for a special discussion:

International Women’s Day: Elevating the Conversation on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Panelists:      

Zainab Bangura, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Robin Wright, Actor and activist

Tim Mohin, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Chair of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), and author

Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, Congolese lawyer, advocate, and Program Facilitator, Federal Leadership Institute                             

Moderator:        

John Prendergast, Co-Founder of Enough Project and Satellite Sentinel Project

 

When:                    Thursday, March 6, 2014

                                 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for an arts and activism presentation featuring award-winning filmmaker Paul Freedman and Congolese activists Omékongo Dibinga and Adele Kibasumba prior to the panel discussion at 7pm.

 

Where:                  United Nations Headquarters

                                Economic and Social Council Chamber

                                New York, NY 10017

There will be limited availability of guest panelists to the media following the discussion. For logistical information or if you wish to cover this event, contact Carine Umuhumuza at 202-478-5314 or cumuhumuza@enoughproject.org. All press must RSVP using the link provided.

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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.

The United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict provides high-level political advocacy, leadership and awareness-raising to help eradicate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

The United Nations Academic Impact Department of Public Information is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution.

The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations represents the Government of Japan and is working towards the realization of several goals on behalf of the Government of Japan, including the maintenance of international peace and security, promotion of the UN development agenda, enhancement of the engagement in human rights, humanitarian and women's issues and the promotion of human security.

Congo: New Opportunity on DDR for Congo Peace Process

Date: 
Feb 27, 2014

ENOUGH PROJECT PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Congo: New Opportunity on DDR for Congo Peace Process

Goma, DRC and Nairobi, Kenya – Ahead of the March 5-6 meeting of the International Contact Group on Congo, the Enough Project released a new report today outlining challenges to the successful implementation of the national disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, or DDR, strategy known as DDR III. The report, “Crafting a Viable DDR Strategy for Congo,” argues that resolving outstanding differences on DDR III must be a priority in the overarching regional peace agenda for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the UN, nearly 8,000 combatants from a range of armed groups have surrendered since the official defeat of M23 in November 2013. Of that 8,000, 2,674 combatants, accompanied by 3,084 dependents, surrendered to the Congolese national army, or FARDC, at the transit camp of Bweremana, in Masisi, North Kivu province. The Enough Project report states that an effective program to rehabilitate ex-combatants is hindered by questions concerning funding, the current security environment, the fate of M23, and where and how to resettle ex-combatants. Additionally, previous DDR programs have been ineffective in the inclusion of justice and accountability while incentivizing defection.

Aaron Hall, co-author of the report and Enough Project Field Consultant, says,

“Implementing a viable and effective national DDR strategy  in eastern Congo is now an urgent issue. New opportunities for the Congolese government and its international partners to establish stability in eastern Congo have become apparent since the signing of the U.N. Peace and Security Framework, and the fall of the M23. However, the speed and efficacy with which they implement a national DDR strategy will to a great extent determine the future of peace and economic growth in the region."

The report urges the United Nations and U.S. Special Envoys to the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson and Russ Feingold, other leaders and donors, and the Congolese government to address these issues before the International Contact Group on Congo meeting on March 5-6. Integrating lessons from previous national DDR strategies can help the Congolese government effectively and swiftly disarm a large portion of armed groups in eastern Congo and reintegrate ex-combatants into the military or provide alternative livelihoods, further incentivizing existing armed groups to surrender to the FARDC.

Timo Mueller, co-author of the report and Enough Project Field Researcher in Congo, says

"The success or failure of the DDR process is a major factor that determines the propensity of renewed violence. At its worst, an ill-designed program might become a conflict driver itself. Implementing partners should draw on the lessons learnt and pay particular attention to the reintegration of combatants, the most difficult part of the DDR process."

The national DDR strategy is one element of the peace process. The report states that it must be implemented in coordination with related regional peace and security agreements, including the U.N. PSC Framework and the International Security Stabilization and Support Strategy, or I4S. Coordinating these efforts will determine the success of DDR efforts and the long-term peace and stability of the region.

Read the report, “Crafting a Viable DDR Strategy for Congo” : http://www.enoughproject.org/files/Crafting-Viable-DDR-Strategy-for-Congo.pdf

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