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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 september 22nd, 2009

september 22nd, 2009

Burma Junta Still Repressing Monks: Rights Group

"Burma's Buddhist monks face continuing intimidation, repression and severe jail sentences two years after the junta's crackdown on anti-government protests, a rights group said Tuesday.

 

A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) said around 240 monks were serving tough prison terms, while thousands have been disrobed or live under 'constant surveillance' following their leading role in the 2007 demonstrations."

 

Follow the jump for the full text of the article, as well as a link to the report.

september 22nd, 2009

Suu Kyi Party Seeks Meeting of Detained Leaders

"The party of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday it had urged the chief of the ruling junta to allow a meeting between its detained leaders so they can discuss upcoming elections."

september 22nd, 2009

US Allows Burma Minister to Visit Washington

"In a gesture toward Burma's military rulers, the United States has allowed the country's foreign minister to travel to Washington to visit the Burma embassy, a US official said on Monday."

september 22nd, 2009

Update: Political Prisoner Amnesty a ‘Cynical Ploy’

"The recent release of hundreds of political prisoners in Burma was a 'cynical ploy to ease international pressure,' said a Thailand-based group of former political prisoners.

 

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP) today confirmed that of approximately 7,000 released from jails, at least 127 are political prisoners."

september 22nd, 2009

Another Deadly Attack on Village in Southern Sudan Draws Anger from UN

"United Nations officials in Sudan have strongly condemned a deadly attack at the weekend on a village in the south of the country that has claimed dozens of lives and is the latest in a series of ethnically-based attacks against civilians that have provoked mounting international concern."

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