Tell Obama & Clinton: Send an Envoy to Congo
  • Petitioned Susan Page

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Bureau of African Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department
Susan Page
Bureau of African Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department
Donald Yamamoto
Bureau of African Affairs, Assistant Secretary, State Department
Johnnie Carson
Special Ambassador for Global Women's Issues
Melanne Verveer
Former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton
President of the United States

Tell Obama & Clinton: Send an Envoy to Congo

    1. Petition by

      Africa Faith & Justice Network, A Thousand Sisters, Enough! Project, Falling Whistles, Free the Slaves, Friends of the Congo, Jewish World Watch, STAND

In 2005 & 2006, as a freshman senator, Barack Obama tried to pass 156 pieces of legislation. Only a single bill of his was signed into law - The Democratic Republic of Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act. Obama’s bill asked that the United States appoint a Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region. The bill passed with bipartisan support and was co-sponsored by Secretary Clinton.  

With 5.4 million dead, 1.9 million people in displacement camps, elections fast-approaching, and armed groups committing mass atrocities every day - like rape, slavery, child-soldiers, & conflict mining - we want President Obama and Secretary Clinton to fulfill the mandate of their own law and finally show that they are serious about ending violence in Congo.

Ask the President to appoint a Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region now.


Recent signatures


    1. US Catholics urged to advocate for special envoy to Congo

      The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services are urging Catholics to advocate for the appointment of a special envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa.

    2. A coalition of nearly 40 human rights groups this week called on the United States to step up efforts to fight against a brutal Ugandan-led rebel group that has intensified its attacks in central Africa, especially in Congo’s volatile northeast.

    3. "President Obama has demonstrated the same lack of action on the Congo as his predecessor, George W. Bush."

    4. Reached 20 signatures
    5. Because of your signatures, 35 Congressmen have written the President demanding a Special Envoy. Today we begin on the Senate! Watch this video and KEEP SHARING

    6. Reached 12 signatures
    7. Students Say "Dear Hillary," Send a U.S. Special Envoy to Congo

      "Dear Hillary" is a student-led campaign that's part of the growing movement asking Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy to Congo, in order to help end the ongoing violence and child trafficking in the region. I...

    8. Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, noted that serious concerns exist regarding sexual violence against Congolese women and girls in the context of illegal diamond mining activities and expulsions from Angola

    9. US State Dept: "The election scheduled to take place in the Democratic Republic of Congo in November will be critical"

    10. Human rights organizations send a letter to Obama on child soldiers - a Special Envoy would help this issue in DRC

    11. Activists Ask Obama to Send a Special Envoy to Eastern Congo

      Child soldiers have been part of the ongoing war in Congo for decades. Some of these children are too small to carry the large guns that arm older boys. So they're sent into battle on the front lines, armed only with whistles. Their job? Alert their...

    12. Reached 10 signatures


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