n Conflict Trends - Parliaments as unique institutions for conflict management s

Volume 2007, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


For a long time the African continent has been ravaged by violent conflicts. The nature of these conflicts have been largely internal, although they have also spilled into neighbouring countries. The conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) involved many other countries, while the conflict in Liberia plunged the region into violence. The continuing confrontations in Sudan, Uganda and Côte d'Ivoire highlight the humanitarian crises occurring as refugees scatter to neighbouring countries and many more are internally displaced. The internal and regional nature of conflicts calls for unique domestic ways of handling them; methods that would contain internal conflicts before they escalate into violent confrontations that could engulf entire regions. Parliaments, which are essentially domestic legislative bodies, provide interesting and unique ways of addressing such conflicts.

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