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March 12, 2012

Posted by Jenn Christian

The Security Council did something truly extraordinary last week, particularly given recent dissent among its members over Syria and other geopolitical issues implicating human rights: on March 6 it issued a Presidential Statement on Sudan and South Sudan that appears to exhibit a growing international consensus on certain critical issues, among them, humanitarian access to civilian populations on the...

March 8, 2012

Posted by Annie Callaway

Today, U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced legislation that calls for a comprehensive approach to end serious human rights abuses and promote democratic transformation in Sudan.

The Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012, H.R. 4169, requires the Obama administration to (1) create a comprehensive strategy focused on all of Sudan; (2) address the current humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei, while continuing to...

March 6, 2012

Posted by James Bair

Editor’s Note: With the April 8 deadline fast approaching for Sudan to strip citizenship from “southerners,” concerns are mounting about how Khartoum will handle the more than half a million people who fall under this classification. Lawyer and guest writer James Bair considers the illegality of Khartoum’s move and offers suggestions about how an impending disaster might be averted.

Ahead of the January 2011 South Sudan self-determination referendum, Khartoum threatened...

March 1, 2012

Posted by Juliana Stebbins

The sustained aerial bombardments by the Sudanese Armed Forces, or SAF, over the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan have displaced thousands of families from their homes. While some have fled into the region’s caves for shelter, 25,000 people have migrated over the Sudan-South Sudan...

March 1, 2012

Authored by John Prendergast

Editor's Note: This piece first appeared as part of New York Times "Room for Debate." Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast and other debaters—including Oxfam’s Sudan Country Director El Fateh Osman, Former Special Envoy to Sudan Andrew S. Natsios, Girifna member Dalia Haj-Omar, Chair of Islamic Studies at American University Akbar Ahmed,...

February 28, 2012

Posted by Juliana Stebbins

Regular readers of Enough Said are well aware of the Sudanese government’s ongoing targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure—like wells, health clinics, and airstrips for delivering humanitarian supplies—in the Nuba Mountains since last May. But the under acknowledged atrocities, and the practically non-existent international response they have provoked, got a boost of public attention last week when New York Times columnist...

February 24, 2012

Posted by Nenad Marinkovic and Jenn Christian

JUBA, South Sudan -- As famine or near famine conditions in South Kordofan and Blue Nile set in, the United Nations, African Union, and League of Arab States presented a proposal earlier this month that has the potential to pave the way for international humanitarian aid to reach civilian populations throughout the two Sudanese states. The February 9 “Tripartite Proposal” contemplates the creation of a humanitarian oversight...

February 15, 2012

Posted by Nenad Marinkovic

BOR, South Sudan -- While the government of South Sudan is pondering the best way to tackle growing insecurity and prospects of persistent inter-communal hostility, the restive state of Jonglei, the scene of the recent deadly clashes, is enveloped in fear, anxiety, and anticipation of likely reprisal attacks—a situation which, if not handled...

February 15, 2012
Response by the Satellite Sentinel Project Team at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative to Recent Comments Concerning the Global Brief Article Entitled: Crisis Mapping Needs an Ethical Compass

When Nathaniel Raymond, Caitlin Howarth, and Jonathan Hutson wrote our argument for the development of comprehensive...

February 13, 2012

Good intentions alone are no match for regimes and their security agents bent on silencing dissent. For protesters on the ground in a country in turmoil and for activists overseas utilizing crisis mapping and social media to raise attention to their plight, the novelty of the technology and the creativity it enables has the potential to overshadow the harm that could be done if sensitive information gets into the wrong hands.

“[T]he evolution of this digital toolbox (…) has to date outpaced the development of widely accepted doctrine for responsible use thereof,”...

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