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last update: july 8th, 2016

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 october 13th, 2009

october 13th, 2009

Zimbabwe Prosecutors Seek to Indict MDC's Bennett

"Zimbabwean prosecutors applied Tuesday to indict senior MDC official Roy Bennett to face trial on terrorism charges, which could see him detained, his lawyer said."

october 12th, 2009

Sudan's SPLM Threatens to Boycott Parliament

"Sudan's junior partners in government threatened on Monday to boycott the last parliamentary session before an election unless President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's party implements a north-south peace deal."

october 7th, 2009

Update: Rights Group Defends Report Over Darfur Violence

"Human Rights Watch says it stands by its report which stated that the war in Sudan's restive Darfur region has not ended.

 

The report sharply contradicted earlier observations from the United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which claimed the violence, has ended."

october 7th, 2009

Mugabe Plans to Evict All White Farmers; Lobby Group Protests

"A Zimbabwean farmers’ lobby group has condemned a proposal by President Robert Mugabe to evict remaining white farmers from their land before elections are held within two years."

october 7th, 2009

Award Honors Former Burmese Political Prisoner

"A former Burmese political prisoner and current head of an exiled prisoner advocacy group has been named one of four people to receive a top international human rights award.

 

Bo Kyi, head of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - Burma (AAPP) was today awarded the Alison Des Forges Defender Award for Extraordinary Activism by Human Rights Watch (HRW)."

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