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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.
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.
On Thursday, April 28, 2016, NOOW partner the Enough Project held a panel discussion in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill focused on Sudan and the sanctions debate surrounding that country’s ruling regime. The event, “A New Approach to Sudan,” featured a number of speakers from various backgrounds in both the government and non-government sectors.
Follow the link for an overview and video of the event.
This Thursday, May 12, UK Prime Minister David Cameron will host an international anti-corruption summit in London. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to attend the summit, which will bring together high-level government representatives, business leaders and civil society to step up international efforts to address corruption. Last week the White House announced several steps the U.S. will take to strengthen financial transparency, and combat corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion.
A link to further information follows after the jump.
Board member George Clooney presented the inaugural 2016 Aurora Prize in Armenia last month.
Click to read board member John Prendergast's profiles of the four 2016 finalists for the humanitarian award.
On Wednesday, May 4, 120 bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to keep Sudan a priority in the final months of his Administration.
Click through for a link to the full letter.
On Wednesday April 27, board member John Prendergast testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations as part of a hearing entitled “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security.”
Follow the link for a summary and video of the hearing.