Tuesday, September 7, 2010

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Rwanda

Interesting to read all the publicity, like today, surrounding the mapping report recently:
"New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Tuesday with the intention of discussing with the government the controversial report on alleged human rights violations involving Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo."
Good initiative by Ban. The more people read about it, the better.

Texasinafrica claims again that:
"organizing and holding elections, and certifying the country as democratic - despite the fact that violence continued in the east - was incredibly harmful for the people of the DRC in many ways"
A view that she shares with Séverine Autesserre who said in january 2009:
"Why have international actors failed to achieve a solution to the crisis in the Eastern Congo? Why have their efforts been focused almost exclusively on the national and international level, rather than looking to the local antagonisms at the root of the conflict? These were the core questions posed by Séverine Autesserre as she presented her research on how local agendas have contributed to the current conflict in the Eastern Congo. Her research demonstrates several ways that seemingly small-scale regional grievances can fester into larger crises with national and regional implications. These local antagonisms include those arising from tensions between traditional and legal systems of land ownership. Autesserre recommended that the UN and other donors devote more resources to various land reform programs including the training of officials in land legislation and sending them to rural areas to help resolve these local conflicts. She also suggested expanding funding for inter-community reconciliation initiatives such as health centers, schools, and workshops which propose and establish mechanisms to deal with war crimes."
Let's see what bloggers from Congo have to say on this topic. 

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