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last update: january 19th, 2017

january 18th, 2017

MODERNIZE, DON’T REMOVE, SUDAN’S SANCTIONS

This op-ed was originally published in The Hill and co-authored by board member John Prendergast.

Through modernized and biting financial pressure, the new administration has a real chance to use existing and new leverage to alter the deadly status quo that has led to the deaths of millions of Sudanese people over the past 25 years.

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november 21st, 2016

Board Members George Clooney and John Prendergast Economist Op-Ed: "Stop the Cash, Stop the Conflict"

This op-ed was originally published in The Economist, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.

 

Tackling corruption is the key to peace in South Sudan and beyond, argue George Clooney and John Prendergast, co-founders, The Sentry

 

The world’s newest country, South Sudan, could have been holding its first free elections in 2017. Instead, it faces another year of strife. In the latest phase of the cyclical conflict that has plagued its people for decades, tens of thousands have died, 5m people face hunger or starvation and 1m have become refugees. Yet cleverer global action—especially involving Western banks—can stop the rot.

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last updated october 27th, 2016

october 27th, 2016

New Comprehensive Study: "A Criminal State: Understanding and Countering Institutionalized Corruption and Violence in Congo"

Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released a new comprehensive study, "A Criminal State: Understanding and Countering Institutionalized Corruption and Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo," by Sasha Lezhnev. The study, the second report in the the "Violent Kleptocracy: Corruption and Conflict in East and Central Africa" series, details how Congo is not a failed state—for everyone. It is a failure for the vast majority of Congolese who suffer from abysmal security, healthcare, and education services. However, it is an efficient state for ruling elites and their commercial partners who seek to extract or traffic resources at the expense of Congo’s development. Over the past 130 years, Congo has had many elements of violent kleptocracy, a system of state capture in which ruling networks and commercial partners hijack governing institutions and maintain impunity for the purpose of resource extraction and for the security of the regime. Violence has been the systemic companion of these regimes. This study argues that President Kabila and his close associates rely in large part on theft, violence, and impunity to stay in power at the expense of the country’s development. If international policymakers are to have a real impact in helping Congolese reformers actually reform the system, they need to shift the lens through which they view the conflict.

 

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october 10th, 2016

New Report: "Khartoum’s Economic Achilles’ Heel: The intersection of war, profit, and greed"

Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released a new report, “Bankrupting Kleptocracy: Financial Tools to Counter Atrocities in Africa’s Deadliest War Zones,” by J.R. Mailey and Jacinth Planer. The report describes how the state in several conflict-affected countries in East and Central Africa has been hijacked and transformed from an institution that is supposed to provide social services and safeguard the rule of law into a predatory criminal enterprise that does quite the opposite. The international community has the power to chip away at the environment of impunity that characterizes these violent kleptocracies—and the United States is in a position to play a leading role.

 

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october 7th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "How to Ensure Lasting Peace in South Sudan"

This op-ed, by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in TIME.

 

The world’s newest country, South Sudan, finds itself mired in the complicated fog of war that at its worst could combine the genocidal ethnic targeting of 1994 Rwanda with the warlordism of 1990s Somalia. Tens of thousands have died and millions displaced, and armed rebellions are emerging throughout the country. Village attacks, food aid obstruction, mass rape and child soldier recruitment all are rearing their ugly heads again. Five years after independence, South Sudan is widely viewed as a failed state, as its leaders built no functioning governing institutions, stole vast oil revenues, and undermined all efforts at peace.

september 30th, 2016

New Amnesty International Report Accuses Sudan of Using Chemical Weapons in Darfur

Amnesty International’s newly released report “Scorched Earth, Poisoned air,” documents the use of chemical weapons by the Sudanese government in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur.

 

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september 30th, 2016

Formation of New Rebel Movement Increases Number of Armed Groups in South Sudan

On September 27, 2016, a new rebel movement formerly allied to David Yau Yau - and calling itself the Cobra faction - defected from the South Sudanese government. Led by General Khalid Boutros, a former deputy to Yau Yau, the group has declared war against the government. It stated that the government had repeatedly violated the Greater Pibor Administrative Area peace agreement signed in 2014, forcing the group to resume fighting. General Boutros was quoted on Sudan Tribune saying,“We are actually forced to fight, we signed a peace agreement, but the government violated the agreement, so we are forced to fight.”

 

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