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Death penalty is the new weapon against DRC rebels. Can it work?

Congolese people carry their belongings as they flee from their villages around Sake in Masisi territory, following clashes between M23 rebels and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on February 7, 2024.

Photo credit: Arlette Bashizi | Reuters

What you need to know:

  • The DRC is resorting to the death penalty in its latest attempt to persuade rebels to lay down their arms.
  • The use of death as a weapon is both controversial and likely to provoke debate.
  • The existence of the death penalty, or the lack of it in the DRC, has been controversial in the past.