Community awareness of the right to peace in armed conflicts in eastern of the democratic republic of Congo (DRC)

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Kampala international international: College Humanities and Social Sciences
The study aimed to examine the level of "community awareness of the right to peace which exists in areas experiencing armed conflicts in eastern of the Democratic Republic of Congo". Since 1996, war started in Minembwe and spread the whole country. It included Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia in the government's side and Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda to help rebels. The objectives include find out the existing knowledge of theory of peace in Africa and in eastern region of DRC, actors and violators of the right to peace have to be known. To know the negative consequences of the right to peace abuses, so to mitigate them requires establishing the role and responsibilities of the government in conflicts of many armed militia. The review of relevant literature is linked to theories of peace. Various human rights and freedoms have been often neglected, abused or violated, especially right to peace which is the comer-stone of all other human rights. The peaceful conditions of militarization and structural of violence deny many people, especially civilians several fundamental rights. The practical methodology used in this research, includes research design, study population, sample and sampling procedures, instrument, validity and reliability, data analysis and guided by a questionnaire to get primary and secondary data and data analysis. The most important findings concerning the violations of the right to peace, in Eastern DRC include the violation of women's rights violation, education, life, food, employment, lack of decision-making, power to peace building. Human right violation is linked to poverty. Local people or politicians are used directly or indirectly by external or internal forces to support internal conflicts and wars. This situation seems to be quite difficult to stamp out totally and quickly, it takes time. In conclusion, the researcher found out that generally there was minimum knowledge of the right to peace by the majority of Community members of Eastern DRC.
A thesis submitted to the school of post graduate studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the award of the degree of Master of Arts in human rights and development of Kampala international university
Human rights and Development, Right to peace, Armed conflicts, Democratic republic of Congo