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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 october 16th, 2015

october 16th, 2015

Sudan to Chair UN Food Agency Despite Blocking Rations to Peacekeepers

On Wednesday, U.N. spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric announced that the Sudanese government had seized 190 cargo containers containing food rations and operational supplies for peacekeepers in Darfur. Despite this announcement,on Thursday, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced that Amira Gornass, Sudan’s Ambassador to U.N.-based agencies in Rome, will serve as the next Chairperson to the FAO’s influential Committee on Food Security. That an official from a government that will not allow peacekeepers to receive food rations and which refuses humanitarian assistance, including food, for vulnerable populations facing aerial bombardment will now head food security concerns for the FAO is a deeply troubling outcome.

 

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october 13th, 2015

Map Highlights Environmental and Natural Resource Crimes in Africa

Map graphic: Bloomberg BNA

 

A new map in a Bloomberg BNA International Environment Reporter article by Wachira Kigotho shows the different types of environmental and natural resource crimes in different parts of Africa that are contributing to migration flows from the continent. The prevalence of conflict minerals, logging/charcoal, oil, and wildlife poaching and trafficking throughout the region track with the Enough Project's ongoing research and analysis.

 

Follow the jump for a link to the article.

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.

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