Tag: M23

Surrender or Tactical Deceit – Has the FDLR Really Given Up the Fight?

Is the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade, which famously routed the M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last year, now snatching defeat from the jaws of a complete victory against all disruptive forces in the region? This is what many analysts fear after a controversial decision by regional leaders in Luanda earlier this month gave the other most troublesome armed group in the region six months to surrender and disarm.

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The Perils of Euphemism: ‘Reform’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In Nov. 2012, Congolese soldiers went on a rampage in the town of Minova, raping over 100 women and 33 girls. After 39 army personnel went on trial for charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes, only two were found guilty of rape, and one of murder. Some were found guilty of lesser charges. The rest were acquitted. This incident highlights the fundamental challenges to SSR in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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