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Weekly Update from the STAND Education Team 8/26-9/1

 Weekly Update from the STAND Education Team 8/26-9/1

Libya, Syria, DRC, Sudan 

Major Developments: 

  • Rebels in Libya, with support from NATO, captured most of Tripoli and attention shifted to recreating destroyed institutions.
  • Protests broke out in the capital of the DRC regarding allegations of fraud in the preparations for upcoming elections.
  • Over 26,000 South Sudanese have been displaced because of ethnic violence surrounding cattle raids in Jonglei State

Libya and Syria

  • Col. Qaddafi remains at large, and his wife and three children along with their families were reported to have fled to nearby Algeria. Both Col. Qaddafi and son Saif al-Islam Qaddafi allegedly remain in Libya and have vowed continued resistance in released messages according to BBC News.
  • As Libyan rebel forces consolidate control of the Libyan capital of Tripoli from forces loyal to Col. Muammar Qaddafi, BBC News, Human Rights Watch and Al-Jazeera report that evidence of several mass killings has been uncovered. Human Rights Watch reports that eighteen bodies were discovered outside of a building allegedly controlled by pro-Qaddafi internal security forcesAnother seventeen bodies were discovered in an empty building in the Gargur district.  In both cases, the nature of the gunshot wounds and survivor testimony indicates that the victims were civilians and opposition figures tortured and then executed by Qaddafi loyalists as they retreated from the rebel advance.  HRW reports that several similar sites exist throughout the city but at present responsibility is difficult to assess.


  • Despite record turnout for registration, officials now fear the November elections will be delayed due to spirally costs and the loss of voting equipment. Despite the state relying heavily on international aid in the 2006 elections, Kinshasa is expected to take the lead on ensuring the elections are free and fair while international organizations are backing off. This has already led to controversy; the international community fears the elections will not be legitimate or not even take place while domestic opposition parties are already accusing President Kabila of rigging the elections. Despite being only 3 months away from the election date, voting equipment such as ballots and booths have yet to reach the country. This has further increased the cost of the elections from $700 million originally to $1.2 billion.  How the government will cover 70% of elections costs, as Kinshasa originally promised, is unclear. 
  • In response to allegations of fraud surrounding the elections, hundreds of protestors took to the streets in Kinshasa.  Police fired tear gas in response until the protests ceased.
  • Though debt is a universal problem, it is particularly accentuated in DRC. The debt burden of the country is now equal to its GDP at $13 billion, though international donors are now advocating for debt reduction for the country since it cannot handle a debt burden that exceeds $4 billion.
  • Congolese authorities are investigating a MONUSCO driver accused of trying to illegally export minerals into Rwanda. Officials in the North Kivu province, an area known for its mineral abundance, say they stopped the driver last week and found 1,200 kilograms of casserite which is considered a ‘conflict mineral’ by international organizations. MONUSCO has spoken against the incident, saying it works hard to prevent trafficking of illicit minerals, and promising an internal inquiry into the breach of ethics.  The man was sentenced to three years in prison.


  • A Dinka Ngok delegation from the dissolved Abyei administration last week held talks with the commander of the UN forces in the region nearly four months after North Sudan’s army invaded the disputed oil-producing region
  • The United Nations estimates that 26,800 individuals in three villages have been displaced by recent ethnic fighting in South Sudan’s troubled Jonglei state.  Violence erupted after a series of cattle raids in an effort to secure food resources during the driest months of the year.


The education update is produced every Thursday to update STAND members and the advocacy community about developments with regards to genocide and crimes against humanity.  For more information contact the following:

Education Coordinator: Sean Langberg 

Sudan Education Coordiator: Emma Smith

DRC Education Coordinator: Siobhan Kelly

Emerging Crises Education Coordinator: Tom Dolzall

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