International Institutions

Fighting Impunity: The Role of Sanctions in Ending Conflict in Congo

The plight of women and children in eastern Congo has not received the urgent response it needs, which has facilitated widespread impunity. This culture of impunity allows perpetrators to continue their violations against vulnerable civilians. Sanctions on such perpetrators help combat the culture of impunity by holding the guilty accountable, allowing the survivors and their communities the opportunity to move forward and sending a clear message that violence against women and children will not be tolerated.  Read More »

Breaking Report Exposes Sudan’s Hidden Economic Implosion

Date: 
Sep 17, 2014

Immediate Release: Enough Project
Contact: Greg Hittelman, +1 310 717-0606, gh@enoughproject.org

Breaking Report Exposes Sudan’s Hidden Economic Implosion

“A foundation eaten away by twin termites of corruption and excessive security spending”

September 17, 2014 --- The Sudanese economy faces serious economic vulnerabilities that have been hidden by the government and whitewashed by the IMF and World Bank, reveals a breaking report published today by the Enough Project, “Watching the Bubble Burst: Political Implications of Sudan's Economic Implosion.”

The in-depth report by Eric Reeves, Senior Fellow at the Enough Project and Professor at Smith College, details the importance of targeted sanctions and presents a case for further punitive measures by the international community in response to war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Sudanese government.

Eric Reeves, author of the report, said: "What is clear is the importance of sanctions that target those most culpable in destruction and suffering that have been concealed for years. Targeted sanctions directed at al-Bashir and his cohort of political cronies and culpable senior army officers would serve as a warning to others complicit in atrocity crimes, weaken these men politically, and strip them of assets that belong to the people of Sudan.”

"Effective targeted sanctions will require the commitment of significant financial and forensic resources,” said Dr. Reeves. “But without the cooperation of the Europeans and enhanced efforts by the United States, the brutal men in Khartoum will continue to enjoy their dwindling days of tyranny."

John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, said: “Dr. Reeves’ report scratches beneath the surface of IMF and World Bank reports on the Sudanese economy, revealing a foundation eaten away by the twin termites of corruption and excessive security spending.”

"Eric Reeves has been a powerful voice for years in support of more robust action to counter the atrocities committed by the Khartoum government,” said Prendergast. “We hope this work can inspire a greater commitment by the United States and the broader international community to sustainable peace and human rights in Sudan.”

“Watching the Bubble Burst” launches two Enough Project initiatives: an Enough Forum where expert commentary will be solicited on key issues related to the Horn, East and Central Africa, and a series of reports and investigations into the economic roots of conflict and crisis in Sudan and South Sudan.

Link to the full report “Watching the Bubble Burst: Political Implications of Sudan's Economic Implosion”: http://eno.ug/1maCY89

For media inquiries and to arrange an interview with the report author, please contact: Greg Hittelman, Director of Communications, +1 310 717-0606, gh@enoughproject.org

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Presented by the Enough Project, the Enough Forum is a platform for dynamic discourse engaging critical issues, challenges and questions among thought leaders, field researchers and policy experts.

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: www.enoughproject.org.

New UN Envoy to Great Lakes Region is Very Promising

UN Photo/Evan Schneider

On July 17th, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of senior Algerian diplomat Ambassador Said Djinnit as Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa. With international attention on Congo at a peak, Amb. Djinnit, in cooperation with his colleagues working in the Great Lakes region, African political leaders, and civil society groups, must harness this opportunity and lay the groundwork for a sustainable peace to take root.  Read More »

The Chebeya Case: Persistence in the Pursuit of Justice

On June 2, the family of murdered Congolese human rights activist Floribert Chebeya filed a lawsuit in Senegal accusing a Congolese police officer of participation in the 2010 killing of Chebeya and his driver, Fidele Bazana. The new charges, filed on behalf of the victims’ relatives, are a welcomed development in an otherwise troubling series of events following Chebeya’s death. Congolese authorities should properly investigate and prosecute these crimes and ensure the families and supporters of the case are protected from intimidation and attack.  Read More »

STATEMENT: Enough Project Calls on Kerry, Feingold to Focus on Addressing Conflict Issues in Congo and Angola

Date: 
May 3, 2014
For Immediate Release: May 3, 2014
Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com

STATEMENT: Enough Project Calls on Kerry, Feingold to Focus on Addressing Conflict Issues in Congo and Angola

As Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this weekend, the Enough Project released the following statements:

"There is a real chance to defeat, disarm and dismantle some of the most brutal armed groups on the African continent,” said John Prendergast, Enough Project Co-founder. “Kerry and Feingold can help catalyze more robust action to counter these groups and give some measure of peace to the long-suffering Congolese people."

“John Kerry and Russ Feingold have a golden opportunity to make an impact on peace in Congo,” said Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Senior Policy Analyst. “They should urge Presidents Kabila and dos Santos to create a feedback loop for civil society to be involved in the peace process and to widen the agenda of talks to include economic issues such as minerals certification. They should also urge Kabila to make concrete progress on addressing the critical regional security threat, the FDLR rebel group.”

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To speak to an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Christina DiPasquale at , 202.716.1953 or christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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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.

Behind the Headlines: Drivers of Violence in the Central African Republic

The Enough Project has been closely following the violent conflict in Central African Republic, where mass killings and human rights abuses continue at an alarming rate. This new report authored by Field Researcher Kasper Agger explores the underlying drivers of the conflict, including regional dynamics and natural resource exploitation. Additionally it identifies ways the international community can support sustainable peace and stability.

Behind the Headlines: Drivers of Violence in the Central African Republic

Daily Beast Op-Ed: Preventing Genocide in South Sudan

Twenty years after Rwanda’s genocide, the world’s newest state—not Syria or Darfur—is the region most in danger of mass exterminations along ethnic lines.  Read More »

Statement by the Enough Project and Coalition Partners on the Violence in South Sudan

The Enough Project and coalition partners released an urgent statement in response to vicious attacks against civilians in South Sudan, including the recent attacks in Bentiu and Bor. The conflict threatens to destabilize the entire region and requires the immediate attention of the international community to stop the killing. This statement calls on both sides of the conflict and the international community to work towards engaging in peace and providing humanitarian assistance.  Read More »

Daily Beast Op-ed: Before There’s a Genocide: The Slaughter in South Sudan Must Stop

Hate radio; butchered men, women and children; ethnic revenge—the tragedy of South Sudan’s civil war grows worse by the day. This new op-ed by the Enough Project's John Prendergast and Justine Fleischner provides solutions and calls for more international action to bring this violence to an end.

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Still a Problem From Hell, Two Decades After Rwanda

Rwandan Genocide Remembrance

Twenty years after Rwanda’s horrors, there are signs of hope for a more effective international response to future genocides—but only if we recognize the evolution in genocidal tactics. This op-ed by John Prendergast originally appeared in The Daily Beast on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.  Read More »

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