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September 29 2014

From Enough blogs Mon Sep 29 2014, 18:39:43

Editor's note: This guest post originally appeared on the i-ACT blog and was written by Katie-Jay Scott Stauring, i-ACT Director of Operations and Community Involvement.

Gabriel and I had the honor of attending a special premier of The Good Lie last night at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. I had seen the trailer, but I was worried it was going to minimize the true story of the Lost Boys of Sudan and not reflect the experiences of resettled refugees in America. I was wrong.

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September 25 2014

From Enough blogs Thu Sep 25 2014, 18:30:56

South Sudan's civil war is a consequence of a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar and their respective supporters. Nine months into the deadly conflict, the parties remain committed to a military "solution," despite repeated pledges to put down their weapons. Unless the calculations of the leaders of the warring parties are altered, the war will continue and likely intensify, further threatening the 1.7 million civilians displaced and 4 million at risk of starvation. A new Enough Project report by Sudan and South Sudan Policy Consultant Justine Fleischner, Spoils of War, Spoilers of Peace: Changing the Calculus on South Sudan's Deadly Conflict, urges the international community to build economic leverage for peace by imposing consequences ...

The application of a globally enforced targeted sanctions regime could change the calculus of parties and end impunity for mass atrocities, the obstruction of humanitarian aid, and violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement. While the United States and the European Union have already made limited sanctions designations against key military commanders on both sides, the impact of these unilateral measures has been insignificant since most South Sudanese elites' wealth is concentrated in neighboring states. Although they have threatened punitive measures repeatedly, regional states, in particular Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia, have failed to impose targeted sanctions as a regional body in the interest of peace and security ...

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From Enough blogs Thu Sep 25 2014, 15:02:26

"The key to all social movements is [having] allies." This observation, made by student activist and Conflict-Free Campus Initiative leader Roxanne Rahnama, encapsulates the theme of a series of recent events and developments in the conflict-free movement.

On September 21, Roxanne joined Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on a panel at the 2014 Mashable Social Good Summit in New York City. Many in the 800-person audience were surprised and fascinated to see a college senior on stage with the head of a major Fortune 500 company, but the conversation revealed that these two actually have quite a lot in common: both are at the forefront of the fight to establish a conflict-free, responsible minerals trade in Congo. Without students like Roxanne who have been working for years to encourage companies to ...

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September 24 2014

From Enough blogs Wed Sep 24 2014, 18:13:38

On the occasion of the September 25 Ministerial High-Level Meeting on South Sudan during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 17 non-governmental organizations released a joint statement on the conflict in South Sudan. The Enough Project, along with 16 other organizations, emphasized the role that the international community must play in the creation of peace by enhancing leverage over the warring parties. The statement reads:

As the humanitarian toll of South Sudan's nine-month civil war mounts, it is clear that member states attending today's UNGA side event cannot positively influence outcomes in South Sudan without significantly enhancing their leverage over the warring parties. Achieving a permanent cessation of hostilities, a meaningful peace agreement, and ...

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September 16 2014

From Enough blogs Tue Sep 16 2014, 18:20:55

On September 17th, the Canadian House of Commons will hold a Second Reading vote on Bill C-486: The Conflict Minerals Act. The passage of C-486 would reinforce growing international attention and action promoting supply chain reform and responsible sourcing, along with Provision 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and proposed European Union legislation.

C-486 was originally introduced last session by MP Paul Dewar and has gained support from various activist and advocacy groups throughout Canada. Similar to Dodd-Frank 1502, the bill requires Canadian companies to "exercise due diligence in respect of the exploitation and trading of designated minerals originating in the Great Lakes Region of Africa in seeking to ensure that no armed rebel organization or ...

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September 15 2014

From Enough blogs Mon Sep 15 2014, 17:13:46

Editor's Note: This blog was written by Enough Project intern Naafeh Dhillon.

In the past week, Sudanese activists have launched two dynamic campaigns that draw attention to their government's ongoing crimes and call on the international community to respond with decisive action. Sudan Democracy First Group, a civil society organization dedicated to democratic transformation in Sudan, marked the third anniversary of the resumption of civil war in Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains with a public art campaign highlighting the government's ongoing aerial bombardment of both areas. In a complementary effort, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, a human rights group based in Sudan, launched its own campaign calling for stronger human rights monitoring in the country. Both efforts ...

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From Enough blogs Mon Sep 15 2014, 13:44:20

Editor's Note: This article by Akshaya Kumar, Enough's Sudan and South Sudan policy analyst, originally appeared on CNN.

Ten years ago this week, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that genocide had been committed in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the janjaweed bore responsibility for those acts. Even though it did not actually trigger a legal obligation to act, many hoped that using the "g word" meant that the United States was crossing the Rubicon and committing itself to stopping the violence in Darfur, Sudan's most troubled region.

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September 12 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Sep 12 2014, 17:11:37

A new Enough Project report, Seize the Peace: Four Issues to Target Now in the CAR Peace Process, details how the prospects for peace in CAR are diminished without sustained international support and action in four key areas:

•  Planning for elections scheduled for next year

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August 27 2014

From Enough blogs Wed Aug 27 2014, 17:13:50

For the 14,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living at Tong Ping Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Juba, news and life-saving information circulates not by television or internet, but by boda boda. Broadcast from speakers attached to the backs of motorcycles, Boda Boda Talk Talk responds to IDP needs and addresses challenges in Tong Ping in an innovative, culturally-relevant manner. The Internews program delivers vital information on food, medical assistance, services for women, education opportunities, and family reunification. The program also provides a platform for people to share their views to camp management and incorporates drama pieces into its broadcasts.

The motorbike news service was a creative solution, recognizing that informing people living in displacement camps ...

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