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last update: december 24th, 2015

december 10th, 2015

Testimony of Board Member John Prendergast - Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership

Testimony of John Prendergast, Not On Our Watch board member, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on “Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership”, given on December 10, 2015.

 

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of the committee, I’m grateful for the opportunity to testify about South Sudan at such a critical fork in the road for the youngest nation in the world. Working with the executive branch and through your actions, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has the opportunity to help this new country change course and make progress on implementing the hard-won peace agreement that was signed back in August. If these efforts fail, South Sudan will likely be plunged back into a full-scale civil war that surely would be – based on past experience – one of the world’s deadliest.

 

Follow the link for the full testimony.

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december 10th, 2015

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "From FIFA to Sudan, Let’s Make the World Unsafe for Kleptocracy"

This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in The Daily Beast.

 

The arrest of two FIFA officials last week in Switzerland was an important milestone for soccer’s governing body. The criminals who brought the organization to its knees are finally being removed and paying a price, paving the way for FIFA to begin rebuilding its tattered reputation and legitimacy.

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last updated june 16th, 2016

june 16th, 2016

Government of Sudan Continues Policies of Suffering in Darfur

This week, the United Nations verified that at least 80,000 Darfuris fled their homes due to armed conflict near Jebel Marra earlier this year. The total number of displaced may very well be closer to 127,000, but the Government of Sudan refuses to allow U.N. or African Union personnel access to conflict-affected areas, making verification extremely difficult. Indeed, UNAMID, the joint U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission in Darfur, struggles to access areas such as Jebel Marra even though it is clearly within its mandate to do so.

 

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june 15th, 2016

NOOW Partner The Enough Project’s Policy Director Brad Brooks-Rubin Testifies before Congress on US Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

On Wednesday June 8, NOOW Partner The Enough Project's Policy Director, Brad Brooks-Rubin, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, convening for a session on “U.S. Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa".

 

A link to video of his testimony follows after the jump.

june 7th, 2016

Civil Society Groups Call for Greater Governance in Global Diamond Industry

With his divisive and derisive comments concerning civil society at the recent Kimberley Process (KP) mid-year meeting, the 2016 Chair of the KP, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, helped to remind the world of the critical issues facing the diamond industry...

 

Click through for a link to his comments, as well as a link to a joint statement response from the Civil Society Coalition.

may 24th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast: "The Paper Tiger in South Sudan: Threats without Consequences for Atrocities and Kleptocracy"

Click through for a link to a policy brief that adapts and expands on congressional testimony board member John Prendergast delivered on April 27, 2016 before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations in a hearing on “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security.”

may 17th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Countering the Wizards of a Dystopian Oz"

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

 

The Panama Papers leak and the Global Anti-Corruption Summit convened in London last week by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron have focused attention on corruption and tax evasion, highlighting the extraordinary wealth being hidden to evade international regulation.

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