ICJ ruled Uganda violated sovereignty, rights in DRC

On December 19, 2005, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Uganda violated the sovereignty of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during a 1998-2003 war and was responsible for human rights abuses and the plundering of DRC natural resources. The court ordered Uganda to pay reparations for the plunder of DRC gold, diamonds and timber. The ICJ also found that Uganda violated the principles of non-use of force and non-intervention in international relations under the UN Charter. The court also ruled that the DRC violated obligations owed to Uganda under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

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