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Uploaded on Jul 5, 2010
Improved audio. Exposing extreem human rights abuses in the Congo!
In 1903, Roger Casement, then the British Consul in Leopodville, was commissioned by the British government and delivered in 1904 a long, detailed eyewitness report exposing human rights abuses in the Congo Free State.
The Congo Free State had been in possession of King Leoplold II of Belgium since 1885, when it was granted to him by the Berlin Conference.
Leopold exploited the territory's natural resources (mostly rubber) as a private entrepreneur, not as Belgian King. casement's report would be instrumental in Leopold finally relinquishing his personal holdings in Africa.