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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 september 23rd, 2009

september 23rd, 2009

US Senator Calls Hearing on Burma Policy

"A key US Senator sharply critical of US economic sanctions on Burma announced Tuesday he would hold an October 1 hearing on their effectiveness in fostering democratic reforms there."

september 23rd, 2009

Update: Visit by Burmese Official Hints at US Policy Shift

"For the first time in nine years, the United States allowed Burma's foreign minister to come to Washington, a sign of softening US policy toward the military junta that has run that Asian nation for nearly five decades."

september 23rd, 2009

Update: Ban Strongly Condemns Latest Deadly Attack In Southern Sudan

"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the weekend attack in southern Sudan in which more than 100 people were reportedly killed, the latest in a string of ethnically-based incidents in the region."

september 22nd, 2009

Burma Junta Still Repressing Monks: Rights Group

"Burma's Buddhist monks face continuing intimidation, repression and severe jail sentences two years after the junta's crackdown on anti-government protests, a rights group said Tuesday.

 

A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) said around 240 monks were serving tough prison terms, while thousands have been disrobed or live under 'constant surveillance' following their leading role in the 2007 demonstrations."

 

Follow the jump for the full text of the article, as well as a link to the report.

september 22nd, 2009

Suu Kyi Party Seeks Meeting of Detained Leaders

"The party of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday it had urged the chief of the ruling junta to allow a meeting between its detained leaders so they can discuss upcoming elections."

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