This post was co-written by Boston University student and CFCI leader Garrett Moore and Congo Action Now (CAN) leader Pat Aron.
Students, members of the Congolese diaspora, and other citizens of Massachusetts are leading the movement for peace and stability in Congo. These grassroots efforts demonstrate how those outside of DC or the halls of the United Nations can make progress in the Congo, helping bring an end to the cycle of conflict and sexual violence.
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and a coalition of Members of Congress continue to show leadership on bringing peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo. On April 14, the US District Court of Appeals issued its decision on a case challenging the validity of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) conflict minerals rule that originated from Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act.
On Tuesday, April 15, the director of Africa's oldest national park, Virunga National Park in eastern Congo, was shot by unknown gunmen in North Kivu. Human Rights Watch and the Enough Project released the following statements following the attack on Mr. Emmanuel De Merode:
Ida Sawyer, Senior Congo Researcher at Human Rights Watch said:
Actor and activist Emmanuelle Chriqui joined hip hop artist Omékongo Dibinga and Raise Hope for Congo Campaign Manager JD Stier on a HuffPo Live segment to discuss the growing movement for peace in Congo and launch a new music video, “Congo on the Come Up.”
A new Enough Project report written by Sasha Lezhnev and John Prendergast analyzes the changing dynamics of Congo's peace process and outlines recommendations for international actors to help build momentum for peace in Congo.
April is designated as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month each year, as it marks important anniversaries for multiple acts of genocide in the 20th century. Throughout the month, individuals and organizations join together to commemorate and honor victims and survivors, educate the public about past and contemporary genocides, and advocate for prevention against future mass atrocities.
The United Nations Security Council is currently debating the extension of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, which is up for renewal on April 1, 2014. Together with Oxfam, World Vision, and five other non-governmental organizations, the Enough Project published an open letter to the Security Council giving recommendations for MONUSCO on civilian protection, governance, and the peace process.