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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 january 28th, 2016

january 28th, 2016

Corruption Continues in Sudan’s Oil Sector

A new report from Sudan Democracy First Group shows how systemic corruption in Sudan’s oil sector continues even after the oil boom has ended. This report also shows how pervasive corruption undermines openness and transparency and allows a small circle of political elites to amass great personal wealth through undue influence and patronage.

 

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january 21st, 2016

Sudan Government Forces Employ Barrel Bombs, Murder, Rape, and Plunder as Military Offensive Continues in Central Darfur

Widespread violence continues throughout Central Darfur, as a government military offensive entered its sixth day. The military offensive began on January 15, when Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and other government-supported militias attacked the stronghold of the Sudan Liberation Movement–Abdul Wahid al-Nur (SLM–AW) in Jebel Marra. On January 20, Radio Dabanga reported an escalation of violence, as SAF and government-backed militias reportedly shot and killed 42 people in Golo. The RSF has targeted Golo in the past and stands accused of committing widespread atrocities against civilians there in 2015...

 

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january 14th, 2016

Quiet Violence: New Report Shows How Govt Plans to Dismantle IDP Camps Will Further Destabilize Darfur

A new report by Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) details how the Sudanese government’s insistence on dismantling IDP camps in Darfur only increases the risk of violence and further displacement for Darfuri citizens. According to SDFG, this plan will not contribute to peace and stability in Darfur, but instead will create “a space for manipulation of the political context and for the commission of further crimes against civilians in Darfur.”

 

A link to the full report follows after the jump.

january 13th, 2016

FinCEN Moves to Curb Real Estate-based Money Laundering in Miami, Manhattan

The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced today that it has issued a Geographic Targeting Order that requires U.S. title insurance companies to identify beneficial owners of companies that purchase high end real estate in Miami-Dade County and Manhattan in “all-cash” transactions. The move is a milestone in the fight to prevent the illicit proceeds of crime and corruption from entering the U.S. real estate market. The move follows a series of high profile exposés in 2014 and 2015 that highlighted the extent to which anonymous shell companies have been used to conceal the ownership of high end real estate in the United States.

 

Click through for a link to FinCEN’s statement.

january 7th, 2016

Sudan Tribune Op-Ed: "Flour Power: Bread crisis, a cash crunch, and Sudan’s shrinking private sector"

This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail and originally appeared in Sudan Tribune on January 7, 2016.

 

As economists and analysts keep their eyes on Sudan’s growing hard currency shortage and the falling value of the Sudanese pound against the U.S. dollar, many Sudanese consumers have been watching the price and availability of bread in local bakeries and the outcome of a dispute between a major flour supplier and the Sudanese government. The state of Sudan’s currency, its bread, and private sector enterprise has a direct impact on the daily lives of many Sudanese people and provides signals about the tactics and stability of the regime itself. There are signs that the hard currency shortage is driving elites to take over private enterprise and gain control of even the less lucrative markets, including agriculture, in their bid for more cash.

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