Between ‘justice’ and ‘Injustice’: justice populaire in eastern DR Congo

Verweijen, Judith (2016) Between ‘justice’ and ‘Injustice’: justice populaire in eastern DR Congo. Discussion Paper. Justice and Security Research Programme.

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Extra-legal ‘popular’ violence, whereby citizens kill other citizens ‘in the name of justice’, has occurred all over the world, at different times and in different places. However, there is a much higher incidence of such practices in some contexts than in others. The present-day eastern DR Congo is one of those contexts. Whether through violent mobs, or through ‘guns for hire’, those who are perceived to be ‘harming the community’ are sometimes killed without judicial process, but in ‘the name of justice’. How can we explain these violent practices? What do they tell us about the state of the justice and security apparatus in the eastern DR Congo? And what could be done to reduce the incidence of these irregular acts?

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Discussion Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research
Depositing User: Judith Verweijen
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 12:32
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 12:43

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