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news - Testimony of John Prendergast: Protecting Civil Society, Faith-Based Actors, and Political Speech in Sub-Saharan Africa

may 9th, 2018

John Prendergast, Founder of the Enough Project and Co-Founder of The Sentry, testified last week before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, in a hearing on “Protecting Civil Society, Faith-Based Actors, and Political Speech in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

In his testimony, John highlighted two primary financial tools of pressure—network sanctions and anti-money laundering measures—that can play a key role in creating actual consequences for repression throughout Africa, despite attempts by officials to stifle media, religious groups, rights advocates, and other civil society organizations. John's testimony renewed attention and urgency on the need for strong Congo legislation to be introduced by Congress and helped build support for robust funding to implement thefinancial tools for peace and human rights outlined in his remarks.

Click here to watch the hearing.

 

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