By John Prendergast and Brian Adeba
September 12, 2018 – The peace deal signed today in Addis Ababa between the government of South Sudan and armed opposition groups has significant flaws, including failing to address the looting by leaders of state resources and revenues. These shortcomings could easily lead the country right back to full-scale war.
The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance, and corruption. Although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these threats, it is unique in its particular unwillingness and inability to take genuine steps towards responsible business conduct.
Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Daily Beast and was written by Enough Project Founding Director John Prendergast.
KYANGWALI REFUGEE CAMP, Uganda —“What I left behind is so precious, so much more important than what I am left with here,” said the 37-year-old Congolese refugee we’ll call Edward. “When I arrived in the refugee camp, I fell to the ground in grief, traumatized by all that I had lost.”
By Brad Brooks-Rubin and Jonathan Benton