The U.S. should seize the opportunity to help facilitate the peaceful transfer of power in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The history of postcolonial Africa is brimming with tales of greed, avarice, corruption and thuggery that would produce envy in the heart of even the slickest Chicago pol. If it weren’t for the poverty, disease, bloodshed, war and death accompanying it, it might even be amusing, like something out of a late Graham Greene novel.
On 4 April 2016, International Mine Awareness Day, campaigners from all over the world called on H.E. Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
The Democratic Republic of Congo actively participated in the Oslo Process that created the Convention on Cluster Munitions. In 2009, the DRC signed the Convention and amended existing legislation to implement the Convention’s provisions, but it has not ratified it yet.
Cluster Munition Coalition