Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba


Concerned by African leaders' reluctance to support the International Criminal Court's (ICC) arrest warrants, Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba argues that the failure to cooperate severely undermines global efforts to tackle impunity. While Africa's leaders consistently present the ICC as a tool of Western oppression which purely targets Africans, their lack of support actually reflects a fear of being the next arrested and a desire to offer mutual protection to allies, Wedi Djamba concludes.

http://www.pambazuka.org/images/articles/377/48543leaders.jpg Dieu-Donné WEDI DJAMBA argues that the march toward democracy in Africa is not only under threat by dictators using dictatorial means to stay in power, but also by democratically elected leaders who use democratic processes to cement their hold over power.

Due to the legacy of authoritarian regimes, the Gl...read more

Horrific acts of violence were committed against women and children during and after the wars in the Great Lakes region. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba points to the pain and other injustices experienced by survivors in order to sensitise the regional communities and authorities to become involved with the healing process of the thousands of women and children 'so the words "never again" can have a meaning.

We want our dignity back! Time to wipe tears and heal wounds of women and girls, victim...read more

Dieu-Donné WEDI DJAMBA explores what reconciliation means for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Reconciliation will not only allow Congolese people as a community to know the truth about their past in order to build a better future but also will heal their wounds, writes Wedi Djamba.


With the election of Joseph Kabila as the fourth president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the DRC started a new era. This era is the Third republic. For a country dea...read more

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has indicted LRA leader Joseph Kony and four of his lieutenants for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during their 20-year-old rebellion. The government has proposed a traditional form of justice, Mato Oput, to replace the ICC indictments. Dieu-Donné WEDI DJAMBA explores the implications such a move will have for the post-conflict Democratic Republic of Congo, where the national judicial system is in collapse, and the only alternative left...read more

The proposition of a traditional form of justice, Mato Oput, as an alternative to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the Ugandan peace process, raises many questions. Dieu-Donné WEDI DJAMBA points out that the use of Mato Oput, the withdrawal of ICC warrants of arrest against the LRA leaders, and the granting of a blanket amnesty to the LRA leaders have been raised as the conditions for peace in Uganda, yet are posing a threat to the existence of this and even the ICC, whose philosoph...read more

Dieu–Donné Wedi Djamba considers the options of bringing lasting peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He argues against the appointment to a high government position of the two militia leaders who committed atrocities during the civil war. He points out that such a move will not either bring unity nor peace in the DRC.

Reverend Bongani Finca argues that when states are drowning in conflict and there is a general breakdown of the rule of law, gross abuse of human rights occu...read more

Urgent Action Fund-Africa was established in Kenya in August 2001. The basic aim: to support the work of women in Africa through rapid response grantmaking and unique initiatives that support women’s leadership in peace-building and justice processes. UAF-Africa thus aims to provide women with the resources required to respond effectively in conflict situations. Will it be possible to build a philanthropic base in Africa to support these activities, Caroline Hartnell, editor of Alliance, aske...read more