International Institutions

Activist Brief: How to Bring About Lasting Peace in Congo

There has never been a better chance than now for sustainable peace to take hold in eastern Congo since the current phase of conflict began in the mid-1990s. This activist brief looks at the role that the United Nations and U.S. government can play in ensuring that the new peace process brings lasting stability to the Congolese people. 

Mary Robinson speaks at the United Nations

Policy Alert: Uganda Reinstates Key Tool to Boost Defections from the Lord's Resistance Army

Enough Project Policy Alerts provide a reaction and set of recommnendations to a significant development designed for policymakers, advocates, and other influential people participating in the policy making process.

A soldier from the Central African Republic stands guard.

Susan Rice Supports Restarting of Counter-LRA Mission, U.N. Action in Congo

Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN

In a welcome move on May 29, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice called on the Ugandan/African Union mission against the Lord’s Resistance Army to restart operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Read More »

Kony's Ivory: How Elephant Poaching in Congo Supports the LRA

Elephants in Garamba National Park

A new report and video by the Enough Project and the Satellite Sentinel Project, co-produced by Invisible Children and The Resolve, confirms that the Lord’s Resistance Army,or LRA, has turned to poaching elephants as a means to fund its atrocities.   Read More »

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A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday. 

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Kony's Ivory: How Elephant Poaching in Congo Helps Support the Lord's Resistance Army

This report, based on field research conducted by Kasper Agger and Jonathan Hutson in January 2013, documents new evidence that the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, has turned to elephant poaching as a means to fuel its atrocities.This report is a co-production of the Enough Project, The Resolve, Invisible Children, and the Satellite Sentinel Project (with DigitalGlobe).

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Uganda Media Siege

On May 20, the Ugandan government ordered police to shut down The Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers after they published a letter from senior army General Sejusa concerning the presidential succession. Following a 10 day blockade, the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper compounds finally reopened.   Read More »

Groups Push for Unity of African States at A.U. 50th Anniversary Summit

Heads of the African States pose in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

More than 70 Heads of State will gather this week to attend the 21st Africa Union summit which coincides with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the continental institution.  The summit’s theme “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance” will unfold with a call for Africans to “realize the dream of the founding fathers for a peaceful, prosperous, and united Africa”.   Read More »

Stars and Stripes Op-ed: More U.S. can do to reform Congolese military

Congolese government soldiers (FARDC) patrol the streets of Minova.

The Congolese military has again been accused of significant human-rights abuses, including mass rape. Recently, the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office released a report concerning abuses by the Congolese Army (FARDC) as it retreated from advancing M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2.  Read More »

Field Update: Goma's Destiny

Displaced civilians in eastern Congo camped outside of MONUSCO military base.

On Monday morning, the M23 rebel group and the Congolese army, or FARDC, clashed in the village of Mutaho, approximately six miles northwest of the provincial capital of Goma. The fighting comes after six months of relative calm between the warring parties following the 12-day occupation of Goma by M23 in November 2012.  Read More »

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