• Petitioned Secretary of State, US Congress and President of the United States

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Congo Desk Office, State Department
Secretary of State, US Congress and President of the United States
Spokesperson/Acting Chief of Public Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs
Hilary Fuller Renner
Special Advisor to Secretary of State Clinton for the Great Lakes
R. Barrie Walkley
National Security Advisor
Susan Rice

Secretary of State John Kerry, Help End the Conflict in the Congo

    1. Petition by

      Friends of the Congo

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July 2012

Victory

From Friends of the Congo: On June 30, 2012, the State Department of the U.S. government issued a statement that called on Rwanda to stop supporting rebels in the DRC. It is the first time that the State Department has directly addressed the issue. Your calls, emails and sharing of the petition are making a difference.

Take Action! Let Secretary of State Kerry know you want US to change its policy in the Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, located in the heart of Africa and vital to the future of the African continent, has experienced the deadliest conflict in the world since World War Two. An estimated six million lives have been lost since 1996 when U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda first invaded the Congo. Both countries invaded the Congo again in 1998 and continue to sponsor proxy rebel groups inside the Congo resulting in tremendous suffering on the part of the civilian population.

Recognizing the destructive role that Rwanda and Uganda have played in the Congo, as Senator, Barack Obama sponsored a bill that was co-sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton, called the Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security and Democracy Promotion Act, Public Law 109-456.

Although the bill was signed into law by President Bush in 2006, very little has been done to implement the law. There is a key provision in Section 105 of that law that if implemented could play a constructive role in addressing the current instability and conflict in the east of Congo, which has displaced over 100,000 Congolese since March.

Section 105 says "The Secretary of State is authorized to withhold assistance made available under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.), other than humanitarian, peacekeeping, and counter terrorism assistance, for a foreign country if the Secretary determines that the government of the foreign country is taking actions to destabilize the Democratic Republic of the Congo." 

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    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. US support for Rwanda wanes amid concern over violence in Congo

      Progress is being made. Please continue to share the petition in your network.

    3. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6d139394-d724-11e1-8c7d-00144feabdc0.html#ax

      Global pressure continues to build on Rwanda for its support of rebel groups inside DR Congo.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. Excerpts From The UN Report

      Since the outset of its current mandate, the Group has gathered evidence of arms embargo and
      sanctions regime violations committed by the Rwandan Government.

    6. Statement From The US Government

      US government calls on Rwanda to cease its support of rebel groups in the Congo

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. Top Rwandan officials backing Congo rebels: leaked U.N. findings

      "The experts have implicated several high-ranking Rwandan officials who are directly involved," said the contemporaneous notes of the briefing in New York seen by Reuters, which added the U.N. material had been verified by five separate sources.

      The notes listed those officials supporting M23 as Defense Minister James Kaberebe; chief of defense staff Charles Kayonga; and General Jacques Nziza, a military adviser to Kagame. Kaberebe, they said, was "in constant contact with M23".

    9. UN report on Rwanda fuelling Congo conflict 'blocked by US'

      The United States has been accused of blocking a UN report which examines claims that Rwanda is fuelling a violent rebellion in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    10. Rwanda tells Congo to take responsibility for fighting

      We ask that you take the following action:

      1. Send a tweet to @AmbassadorRice asking her: Is U.S. mission to U.N. behind blocking of experts' report at Security Council on #Rwanda subversion in east. #Congo + why?

      2. Make a call to the US Mission to the UN at 212-415-4363

      Script: Hello. I am calling in regard to the group of experts report on Congo to be published this week. Can you share with me what the US Mission is doing to assure that the entire report including the annex is published?

      Note: be respectful, calm, and assertive. You may be transferred when you call, but know that they are the ones who are supposed to talk to you. If transferred, still leave a message and get the name of the person you spoke with.

      PLEASE... DOCUMENT THE ANSWER THEY GIVE YOU and share it with us at info@friendsofthecongo.org or @congofriends.

    11. Congolese government finally admits Rwanda's role in the conflict in Congo

      Democratic Republic of Congo's government said on Saturday hundreds of rebels fighting its army in the east have been trained in Rwanda and Kinshasa accused its neighbor of "passivity" in dealing with the situation.

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. U.N. Report Says Rwandans Recruited to Fight in Congo

      For the past sixteen years Rwanda has invaded the Congo twice, occupied the Congo, fought against Uganda inside the Congo, supported several rebel groups and continue to do so today. In return for its destabilization of the Congo, Rwanda has received more money, training, intelligence and military equipment from the United States. It is time to stop Rwanda's destructive intervention in the Congo.

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures
    15. 100,000 people worldwide have viewed the film "Crisis in the Congo"

      As of October 1st, 2011, 100,000 people have viewed the film "Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth."

    16. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Alain Sabwa KAMPALA, UGANDA
      • about 1 year ago

      Enough is enough. Congolais..reveillezs toi!!! Congo..wake up! !!

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    • Brian Turner HALIFAX, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because we are all family.

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    • Marianne Seij ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS
      • over 1 year ago

      This genocide has to stop, now.

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    • ricardo campbell HAMILTON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      i love my people

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    • Darin Paul Phillips MARIPOSA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is frightening to think that we have to petition our government to act to stop pouring tax payer's dollars into this horrific conflict in Congo, that is a shame on our nation we pay for the corrupt governments of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda to become rich by rape and the use of child soldiers.

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