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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Christiane E Philipp

Subject(s):
Secession — Aggression — Armed conflict — Sovereignty — States, independence — Use of force, prohibition — Peace keeping

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Democratic Republic of the Congo (‘DRC’) is a vast country with immense economic resources ( Natural Resources, Permanent Sovereignty over ). It is bordered in the north by the Central African Republic and the Sudan , in the east by Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi , in the south by Zambia and Angola , and in the west by the Republic of the Congo. 2 Its relevance under international law stems from two factors. First, the DRC has been the centre of what could be termed ‘Africa’s world war’, involving seven African nations and causing the death of some 5.4 million...
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