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Part II, 6 The Democratic Republic of the Congo 1993–2010

Louise Arimatsu

From: International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

Edited By: Elizabeth Wilmshurst

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 January 2021

Subject(s):
Armed conflict — Conduct of hostilities — Indigenous peoples — Detention
On 30 June 2010, the Democratic Republic of the Congo celebrated its fiftieth anniversary of independence from Belgian rule. But if independence had promised to be an opportunity for disavowing violence as a way of life that had been the Congo’s history under one of the most brutal manifestations of European colonialism, the following five decades were to disappoint.1 To describe the Congo as a site of perpetual violence marked by recurring full-scale armed conflict and lost opportunities is to risk repeating—with no excuse2—the trajectory paved by Conrad with the...
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