Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The U.S. government estimates that 4 in 10 children between the ages of 10 and 14 work in the DRC. Agriculture, fishing, mining, begging and prostitution are just some of the areas that children can be found working in.

Human Rights Watch’s Jo Becker: The U.S. Can Do More to Keep Children Off the Battlefield

October 25, 2012

[This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post on 10/04/2012] President Barack Obama announced on Friday that, for the second year in a row, it was withholding portions of U.S. military assistance from the Democratic Republic of Congo because of its continued use of child soldiers. The U.S. also said it wouldn’t train a Congolese [...]


President Issues Child Soldier Waivers

September 28, 2012

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 28, 2012 Presidential Memorandum — Presidential Determination with respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Determination with Respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 Pursuant to section 404 of the Child Soldiers [...]


SEC Adopts Reporting Rule to Help with Human Rights Issues Concerning Conflict Minerals

August 29, 2012

The primary mission of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors from unfair or unscrupulous practices. Last week, however, the SEC did something remarkable: It agreed to adopt a rule with the goal of diminishing the human rights consequences of business practices. The SEC voted by a narrow 3-2 margin to require [...]


DR Congo: Hoping for a Brighter Future

May 14, 2012

By Christian Kilundu [from World Vision—A CLC member] He was in primary school when he first met the rebels. They arrived and promised big salaries. The poverty and insecurity the children lived in could be escaped, they swore. Of course, once inside the rebel group, life wasn’t as it was promised. In the eastern part [...]


New Law Aims To Shine Light On Conflict Metals

December 20, 2011

By: Michele Kelemen December 20, 2011 Delly Mawazo Sesete wants American consumers to know what is in their smart phones, computers and other electronics and where U.S. companies like Apple are getting those rare metals. Sesete says that, without knowing, consumers in the U.S. could be fueling conflicts in Eastern Congo. The human rights activist [...]