The UN’s moral responsibility in the ‘spill-over’ of genocide from Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kovras, I. (2011). The UN’s moral responsibility in the ‘spill-over’ of genocide from Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 19(1), pp. 145-163. doi: 10.3366/ajicl.2011.0007

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Abstract

In recent years there has been growing interest in how societies and states should address past wrongdoing. Despite attention to issues of responsibility and moral reparation, however, institutional (moral) responsibility remains relatively unstudied. To this end, the article critically evaluates the UN’s moral responsibility in the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II, namely the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It argues that the UN Security Council should be held morally accountable for its (mis)management of the refugee crisis following the Rwandan genocide as well as its non-robust response to the repeated violations of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of the DRC by neighbouring countries.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press and is published in African Journal of International and Comparative Law (http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/ajicl)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conflict Prevention, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Great Lakes, Institutional Moral Responsibility, Military Intervention, Peacekeeping, Rwanda, United Nations, MONUC
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13113

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