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Just over a year ago, the rebel movement known as M23 was in control of Goma in eastern Congo. Last week, the notorious rebels surrendered and are now being disarmed in Uganda. This uncharacteristically good news from a region impacted by two decades of conflict is due, in large part, to the renewed level of international engagement and commitment over the past twelve months that helped turn the tide against the M23.
Today, Humanity United's David Abramowitz joined 19 advocacy groups and Congo experts to welcome the appointment of former Sen. Russ Feingold as the new U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region:
“We welcome former Senator Feingold’s appointment as the new U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region. He is recognized as an outspoken human rights advocate, particularly on the crises in the Sudans and in Congo. At this critical moment in U.S. policy toward the DRC and its neighbors, Special Envoy Feingold’s continued advocacy for peace, stability, and accountability in the region will be essential.”
Read the group's open letter to Special Envoy Feingold after the jump.
This morning, Humanity United's Federico Borello testified before the Subcommittee of African Relations of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Read his full comments after the jump.
Groups say agreement is not enough and outline concrete steps that need to be taken
Reiterate call for UN, US and EU to appoint Special Envoys and greater regional involvement
A group of prominent Congolese and international NGOs, including Humanity United, are calling on countries in the Great Lakes region, along with their international partners, to ensure that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in Addis Ababa is given the political backing necessary to bring an end to war in the eastern Congo.
As the world celebrates Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, Humanity United and a team of human rights groups are calling on President Obama to appoint an envoy to lead a coordinated U.S. response to the escalating crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The case of Bosco Ntaganda clearly shows how the perpetuation of impunity is continuing to affect the lives of civilians in Eastern Congo. Wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, calls for his arrest have fallen on deaf ears for the last three years.
Today, Humanity United joined a coalition of 142 human rights organizations—including 132 Congolese NGOs—to tell international and Congloese policymakers that Ntaganda's arrest cannot be postponed any further.
Today, the International Criminal Court found Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese warlord, guilty of recruitment and use of child soldiers.
This is the first ICC trial to reach the judgment phase in the court's tenth year. Humanity United welcomes this decision and supports the court as part of our focus to strengthen institutions that promote peace, security, and justice.
Humanity United joined seven other human rights organizations and Democractic Republic of Congo advocates to call on the United States and the international community to take immediate action in the DRC following contentious national elections. "We...are deeply troubled by the lack of critical engagement that the international community has shown throughout the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," the statement says.
After the jump, read our recommendations on how the international community can act to prevent further violence. Learn more about Humanity United's election-related activities in the DRC here.
This week, Congolese citizens went to the polls for the second time in the country’s history. While the first elections in 2006 were hailed as historic, this week’s events are no less important. The vote comes at a time when the country is still fragile, trying to recover from 15 years of deadly conflict while peace still eludes some parts of its eastern territory.
Read how Humanity United has partnered this year with international organizations within Congo to prepare for the elections and the transition that will follow.
Today polls opened in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the country’s second national elections in its history. Twitter users can follow the latest developments by searching the #DRC2011 hashtag—be sure to also follow Humanity United at @HUtweets.
Voting will resume tomorrow. Find a collection of headlines from today's election coverage after the jump.