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june 22nd, 2017

The July Deadline Won’t Work: Why the U.S. needs to delay the decision on Sudan sanctions


Note: This policy brief was published by the Enough Project.


As a July decision approaches on whether to permanently remove most sanctions on Sudan, the Trump administration should properly evaluate progress, or lack thereof, on each of the five tracks on which progress is required, and the administration should not privilege any single track over others. Enough’s view is that the evidence available concerning multiple tracks is inconclusive. Combined with the fact that key senior Trump administration officials responsible for Africa policy are not yet in place, this calls for a six-month delay on the decision, during which time the Trump administration should assign the additional staff needed to gather credible information and assess progress on each of the five tracks. While properly assessing progress on the five tracks, the Trump administration should also pivot to pursue a separate new track of engagement focused on advancing peace and human rights in Sudan.

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may 31st, 2017

New Sentry Report – Making a Fortune While Making a Famine: The Illustrative Case of a South Sudanese General


Note: This report was published by Not On Our Watch's initiative, The Sentry.


Today, The Sentry published its latest report, Making a Fortune While Making a Famine: The Illustrative Case of a South Sudanese General. It examines documents concerning Lt. Gen. Malek Reuben Riak, who was recently promoted to deputy chief of defense staff, and is one of the senior generals that the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts has identified as responsible for the violence in Unity state that directly led to the famine. A close examination of these documents helps illustrate the warped incentives that are presented to senior military officials in South Sudan.

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last updated october 5th, 2015

october 5th, 2015

This World Teachers’ Day: Support Darfuri Refugee Educators

This post was written by Enough Project partner i-ACT and originally appeared on their blog. The Enough Project and i-ACT worked closely on the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program from 2009-2014, of which Not On Our Watch was a funder. This fund and awareness raising effort is an extension of our original goal of supporting Darfuri refugee education in eastern Chad.


Today is World Teachers’ Day. The day we honor those who encouraged us to be better individuals, community members, and global citizens by showing us how to explore the world around us. How to ask questions and problem solve. How to take risks when needed and be safe when it was dangerous. Teachers do not just teach rote learning, they are caring, innovative people who know that by connecting with and teaching our youngest members of society, we can create change, often towards a more peaceful future.


Read more about i-ACT after the jump.

september 30th, 2015

In Remarks at UNGA, President Obama Highlights Issue of Corruption

In his remarks at the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama highlighted the issue of corruption and its detrimental effects on governance and development. The President’s remarks underscore the need for leaders to serve their people rather than to use government as a means for personal enrichment. Transparency, open government, and upholding the rule of law can address corruption, while also empowering communities.


Follow the link for his comments.

september 25th, 2015

New Early Warning Project from the USHMM

Earlier this week, the Simon Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum publicly launched a new tool to forecast the countries at highest risk for state-led mass killings. The Early Warning Project, a joint initiative between the Holocaust Museum and Dartmouth College's Dickey Center for International Understanding, has been in a pilot phase for two year and aims to identify situations of potential state-led mass killing and employ its information and accountability role to solicit action to preclude future genocides. By tracking and publicizing precursors to such significant violence against civilians, the Early Warning Project “hopes to empower officials and advocates to take preventive action and adopt strategies to avert future atrocities.”


Read more about The Early Warning Project after the jump.

september 25th, 2015

Papal Address to Congress: The Role of Money in Conflict

In his September 24 speech to a joint session of Congress, Pope Francis discussed the arms trade and illicit funding operations that drive conflict. Neither NOOW or its partner The Enough Project are affiliated with any religion or sect, but given their joint work with The Sentry, both organizations took note of the Pope's landmark speech in D.C. He questioned the mechanisms of and reasoning for weapons trade with violent regimes and armed groups, utilizing this platform to condemn such practices.


Follow the link to read the relevant portions of his statement.

september 23rd, 2015

NGOs Push African Union Chair for Action on South Sudan Ahead of AU Peace and Security Council Meeting

In a letter to the African Union (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, NOOW partner the Enough Project joined with 37 South Sudanese and international organizations, urging that the meeting should be used to support the establishment of an AU commission-created hybrid court for South Sudan. The court would try grave crimes committed in the country’s recent conflict, as provided for in the August peace agreement between the parties to the conflict. The organizations also urged Dlamini Zuma to help ensure the long-awaited publication of the report by the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.


Read the letter after the jump.

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