Judith Verweijen

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    Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo

Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo

JSRP Policy Brief 4, Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo, by Judith Verweijen, is out now, exploring the phenomenon of justice populaire.

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 […]

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    From ‘Autochthony’ to Violence? ‘Sons of the Soil’ Discourses and Practices of Violence

From ‘Autochthony’ to Violence? ‘Sons of the Soil’ Discourses and Practices of Violence

Claims of being ‘sons of the soil’ or ‘indigenous’ inhabitants as opposed to ‘foreigners’ play a prominent role in violent conflict around the world. Yet, as this blog argues, the violence occurring in these settings is not always directly related to these claims. The recent upsurge of global attention to intensifying refugee and migrant streams has revealed once again the […]

Understanding Violence by African Government Forces: The Need for a Micro-Dynamics Approach

By Judith Verweijen Remarkably, there are few in-depth studies of the forms and processes underlying violent practices enacted by African government forces. This indicates that the research programme of the microdynamics of violent conflict has made few inroads on the study of militaries in Africa. Calling for an empirically grounded approach that disaggregates the study of conflict from the study […]

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    The disconcerting popularity of “justice populaire” in the Eastern DR Congo

The disconcerting popularity of “justice populaire” in the Eastern DR Congo

Mob justice, or justice populaire as it is called in the DR Congo, is the practice by which citizens “take the law into their own hands” and collectively kill alleged perpetrators of crime or witchcraft, for example by beating or stoning them to death, or by burning them alive. The forms that this practice takes and the circumstances in […]