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The dispute of sovereignty: Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda)

Exterior view of the offices of the International Court of Justice at The Hague. 01 January 1979 - UN Photo

Uganda considers the issue of exploitation to be out of the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda). Instead, this matter should be dealt with in the Security Council. The Court clarified its jurisdiction is appropriate under Article 11 of the Geneva Convention. The claim by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that Uganda has been exploiting their natural resources was confirmed by a UN panel. The ICJ declared that this exploitation infringed on DRC’s sovereignty. The DRC and Congo will have an opportunity to allot reparations among themselves; however, in the case that the two can not come to an agreement the ICJ can be a future resource.

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