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Meet the new Bosco, same as the old Bosco…

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A new piece from me in the New Humanist

Thousands of lives are at risk in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a new and brutal rebellion, with a leadership described by the United Nations as “among the worst perpetrators of human rights violations… in the world”, has flared up in a region where millions have died since the 1990s.

The “March 23” insurgency began as a mutiny earlier this year by former rebels who had been integrated into the Congolese army after a previous peace deal in March 2009. The mutiny was ostensibly triggered by violations of that agreement. But there are mounting allegations by the UN and human rights groups that the rebels are being directed, trained and supported by the government of neighbouring Rwanda. On 30 November, the UK government became the latest international donor to suspend aid to Rwanda as a result.

M23’s leaders reportedly include the notorious Rwandan-born warlord Bosco Ntaganda, whose bloody track record in previous conflicts has earned him the nickname “The Terminator”. Despite being wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, Bosco was given a senior role in the Congolese army as part of the 2009 peace deal.

“Bosco Ntaganda is the most notorious but he’s by no means the only one”, says Carina Tertsakian of Human Rights Watch, who talks of a strong sense of déjà vu around the current crisis. “Quite a few of his mates are and have been doing the same kinds of things for years… No one has ever done anything to arrest them so they just carry on, they become emboldened… the use of violence and those atrocities start being rewarded.”

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February 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

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  2. Hi Richard,

    Really interesting piece! It’s amazing what will be ignored in the face of ‘peace’ for the D.R. of Congo.

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    teoatglipho

    March 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

  3. I guess “Meet FDLR,same as old Western backed Ex Far!” and “meet CAR Rebels,same as Sudan/Nato backed Libya Rebels!”

    Western Nations stir up trouble in foreign lands,to then be lecturers of morality and rule of law,when will Western “powers” be brought to justice?

    When some think more qualified to judge others and lecture others,that’s “Supremacist” ideas promoted by Hitler,or Arab Slave traders who merely view Africans as Abeed!

    Muyuku

    April 22, 2013 at 6:08 am


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