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January 14th 2013:Freedom Through Democracy and Human Rights

In the midst of seeing his country's "descent into hell," from 1965-1997, under the totalitarian rule of Dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, attorney Jean Mbuyu, was imprisoned when he sought an explanation for the massacre of civilians in the city of Lubumbashi. Providing an oral history of life under Mobutu, Mr. Mbuyu has dedicated his life to the promotion and preservation of the rule of law, human rights, and justice. Though the Congo is one of the world's wealthiest countries in natural resources, the people endured extreme poverty while Mobuto amassed incredib

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Jean Mbuyu

Jean Mbuyu is a lawyer and founder of the Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. In 1997, he received the prestigious MacArthur Award for his work in international human rights. He assisted the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda which was established to prosecute persons responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda and neighboring territories between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1994. The genocide claimed approximately 800,000 lives. He worked as a human rights activist in opposition to the Mobutu Sese Seko totalitarian regime, and his arrest for launching an inquiry into the
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