‘For King, for Freedom and for Justice’? Comments regarding Belgium’s Congo Commission

Stefaan Marysse
Analysis and Policy Brief 42

In the wake of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, outrage in Belgium also flares up about the country’s role in its former colonies. It would indeed be good if Belgium could come to terms with its colonial past and face up to its own blind spots of discrimination. 

“Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté” ? Annotations à la Commission Spéciale sur le passé colonial

Stefaan Marysse
Analysis and Policy Brief 41

Suite à la protestation mondiale contre la mort de G.Floyd et la discrimination permanente des Afroaméricains aux Etats-Unis, l’indignation sur le rôle de la Belgique dans l’histoire de ses anciennes colonies, a également refait surface. Il serait en effet bon que la Belgique se remette de son passé colonial et fasse face à ses propres points faibles en matière de discrimination. D’où le point d’interrogation dans la référence à notre hymne national dans le titre... 

Tagged by ITSCI: The practice of due diligence in non-state supply chain regulation in Rwanda

Hester Postma, Sara Geenen
Analysis and Policy Brief 40

In response to growing international concerns over mineral extraction and trade contributing to human rights violations and conflict financing, recent US (Dodd-Frank) and EU legislations have focused on transparency and due diligence in mineral supply chains. We have studied ITSCI certification in Rwanda and found several flaws when due diligence is put into practice.