Conflict Minerals

#Atma100, Building Lasting Partnerships and Empowering Women

 

Editor's Note:  This post was co-authored by Alysha Atma, Executive Director of the Atma Foundation and Jenna Kunz, Director of Hand in Hand.  Mrs. Atma is also a published writer and reviewer of literature surrounding the continent of Africa and co-founder of the Oregon Coalition for Humanity. Jennavieve Kunz is a student at the University of Portland, where she is pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in social justice. 

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

 

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

Report: The Recent Fighting in Eastern Congo and Its Implications for Peace

A new Enough Project infographic and accompanying table reveals how the M23 rebel group and the Congolese national army – currently the two most powerful armed actors in eastern Congo - pursue their interests through a set of relationships with other armed groups. The interaction between these networks enables them to control valuable mines, harbor war criminals, and face common enemies together.

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

D.C. District Court Upholds Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rule

On July 23, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC rejected the lawsuit on conflict minerals legislation, section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The Court upheld the legislation, dismissing the challenge by big business lobbyists, and therefore requiring that companies who use key minerals from Congo disclose their sources and measures they are taking to ensure that the minerals purchased do not fuel conflict.

Resolve: Loosening Kony’s Grip and Effective Strategies for Today's LRA

“The LRA is likely weaker than it has been in at least 20 years” explains our partner organization The Resolve: LRA Crisis Initiative. Their latest report, “Loosening Kony’s Grip: Effective Defection Strategies for Today’s LRA”, examines how defections are undermining the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, from the bottom up.

Field Dispatch: The Need for a Single Peace Process in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Today, the International Conference on the Great Lakes, or ICGLR, will host a Special Summit of the Great Lakes Region for Heads of State and Government. The meetings will discuss peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region, with the escalating crisis in Congo as top agenda.

The Rise of Africa: Continent to Lead Future Population Growth

A recent report by the United Nations Population Division provides worldwide population projections for the 22nd century, including statistics for countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The 100-year prediction shows Africa’s population eventually matching that of Asia’s by the year 2100, reaching approximately four billion people.

Civil Society Speaks Out on Government Inaction on Kidnappings in Eastern Congo

The Group of Associations for the Defense of Human Rights and Peace, or GADHOP, authored a declaration on July 18 urging the Congolese government and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, to take firm measures to end the pervasive kidnapping of civilians in the Beni and Lubero Territories of North Kivu Province.

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