Now What Do You Think?

Now that you’ve completed this unit, how would you answer these questions?

  • Should nations try to prevent one another from backing factions within a country in which human rights violations are taking place?
  • What economic steps should countries and companies take against a government exploiting its own country’s resources?
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International Trade:
Has it Led to the Exploitation of the People of the DRC?

Coltan Mining: Conflict in the Green heart of Africa
Conflict, Food Insecurity, and Globalization by Ellen Messer and Marc J. Cohen (pdf file)
Conflicts in Africa: The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Congo War and the Role of Coltan by Natalie D. Ware, American University
Definitions of Globalization
The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Guns, Money and Cell Phones
DRC: Economic Exploitation, the Arms Trade and Human Rights Abuses
Do American economic interests threaten democracy in the Congo?
Friends of the Congo: Coltan
Mainstream Media: War, Propaganda and the Media
Growth Prospects are Strong, but ... Pressures from Globalization Need More Attention
The Sudan Tribune: Globalization and the African kinship network system: will it sustain?
Sustainable development, a challenge in a globalized environment
UN Condemns Congo Exploitation
UN Panel on Congo Exploitation Calls for Embargo Against Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda

ICC Newsletter, November 2006, #10.
State Department: Background Notes: Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 2007.
Edgerton, Robert B. 2002 The Troubled Heart of Africa: A History of the Congo (New York: St. Martin’s Press).
Human Rights Watch Vol. 15, No. 11(A): Ituri: Covered In Blood, July 2003.
International Rescue Committee and Burnet Institute: Mortality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Results of a Nationwide Survey, December 2004.
Lemarchand, Rene. 2003. The Democratic Republic of the Congo: From Failure to Potential Reconstruction, in Robert I. Rotberg ed. State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror (Cambridge MA: World Peace Foundation and Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press)
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, 2187 U.N.T.S. 90 entered into force July 1, 2002. Articles 6 and 7

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