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june 21st, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Congo's Kabila Problem"

This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in Foreign Affairs.


In July of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, criticizing leaders who undemocratically change their constitutions to stay in power and emphasizing that the United States would call out such behavior. He pointed to Burundi where a few months earlier, President Pierre Nkurunziza pressured the courts to change the constitution’s term limits so that he could run for a third time. Obama warned that such a tactic could trigger “instability and strife,” as well as hamper “Africa’s democratic progress.” But his words seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

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april 24th, 2016

Board Member George Clooney to Present Inaugural Aurora Prize Today in Armenia

Update: the award event has concluded. You can watch the full recording at the livestream link; Clooney's remarks begin at the 2:08 mark.


Board members George Clooney and John Prendergast are in Yerevan, Armenia today, where Clooney will present the inaugural Aurora Prize, honoring an individual who puts her- or himself at risk to enable others to survive. The board members are likewise commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.



Click through for a link to the livestream of the award event (beginning @ 1pm EST), as well as the text of Clooney's remarks.

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last updated november 4th, 2009

november 4th, 2009

Update: US Diplomats Meet Burmese Leaders

"Two senior US envoys have held separate talks with Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein and detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi."

november 4th, 2009

Sudan's Bashir to Visit Turkey Despite Warrant

"Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will visit Turkey next week for the first time since an international court asked for his arrest, government sources said, in a test of Ankara's support for international justice."

november 3rd, 2009

Burmese Rohingyas Swap Suppression for Squalor

"As one of Burma's ethnic Muslim Rohingya, 45-year-old Manjurul Islam endured a lifetime of oppression before he finally fled the country for a squalid refugee camp in Bangladesh.


Described by UN officials as one of the most persecuted minorities on earth, the Rohingya are not even recognised as citizens by the Burmese junta. They have no legal right to own land and are forbidden from marrying or travelling without permission."

november 3rd, 2009

Update: US’s Campbell Visits Burma for High-Level Talks

"US State Department official Kurt Campbell became the most senior American emissary to visit Burma in 14 years today as the Obama administration aims to improve ties with the military junta."

november 3rd, 2009

Carter Center Criticizes Sudan Over Poll Arrangements

"The US-based Carter Center, which has been charged with monitoring preparations for Sudanese elections next April, criticized the Khartoum authorities on Tuesday for impeding poll observers."

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