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Mission Statement

Conference Background

        It has become increasingly evident that numerous external actors have, and are currently exacerbating the devastating humanitarian and environmental situation in the region. The recent implementation of Section 1502, or the ‘conflict mineral clause’ of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act in the United States, the cut in aid to Rwanda by numerous countries, and the international condemnation of Rwanda’s alleged connection to M23 rebel group are significant realisations in the global community’s apparent ties to the proliferation of violence in the eastern DRC. Recently, the focus of rights groups and academics has centred in on the widespread use of sexual violence, trade of conflict minerals, the increasing amount of rebel groups in the region, security sector reform, and the direct role of external state actors such as Rwanda. However, the approaches to resolving these key issues are varied and inconclusive

 This Conference will:

  • allow for productive discussion and debate between international/national rights groups, Congolese civil society organisations, academic researchers and government officials;
  • provide an opportunity for Congolese diaspora organisations to discuss collaborative efforts and assess collective goals regarding advocacy and civil society engagement;
  • provide a platform for academic research on stability and development on the eastern DRC

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