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.
Africa Faith & Justice Network, A Thousand Sisters, Enough! Project, Falling Whistles, Free the Slaves, Friends of the Congo, Jewish World Watch, STAND started this petition with a single signature, and now has 24,634 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.