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In West Africa the discourse of indigenous peoples is in general not known or used. Apart from the Republic of Congo, where the Parliament on the 30th December 2010, adopted a law for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, no countries in Africa have legislation that provide for the protection of indigenous peoples’ rights. Elbadawi and Sambanis (2000) claim that “societies with diverse cultures are significantly less prone to violent conflicts than polarized countries.” This is because larger numbers of diverse sub-groups prevents the government to forcefullyfrom controlling the nation, allowing governments to negotiate with ethnic groups more easily in comparison to polarized countries with large groups.

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