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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congolese human rights activist Neema Namadamu and her fellow Maman Shujaa (‘Hero Women’ in Swahili) work to show the resilience and importance of women in Congo who live in an environment that is violently oppressive to women. Namadamu’s call to influential women around the world helped lead to the appointment of U.N. Special Envoy Mary Robinson and U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold. These two major appointments are significant steps towards creating a lasting peace in the Great Lakes region.