« Nous avons évité des massacres de masse, permis un processus de réconciliation intercommunautaire, la reconstitution de l’Etat centrafricain (…) », déclarait le ministre français de la défense, Jean-Yves le Drian en annonçant le succès et la fin de l’opération militaire française, Sangaris, en République Centrafricaine. C’était en octobre dernier et avec ce retrait, l’opération a emporté avec elle l’attention internationale, replongeant la Centrafrique dans l’abime de l’oubli.
Today, the Enough Project published “Dangerous Divisions: The Central African Republic faces the threat of secession,” in which author Nathalia Dukhan documents how the Central African Republic (CAR) is currently undergoing a process of de facto partition.
The Central African Republic (CAR), a country that has seen more than four years of deep political crisis and unprecedented violence against civilians, is undergoing a process of de facto partition. In February 2014, then-U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the international community that CAR was at risk of splitting apart, stating that, “[T]he situation continues to worsen. Both Muslims and Christians have been murdered and forced to flee their homes. The sectarian brutality is changing the country’s demography. The de facto partition of the CAR is a distinct risk.” Despite his warning, CAR did not escape this fate. In 2017, more than 14 armed groups compete for the control of the territory and its natural resource wealth.
A new policy brief published today by the Enough Project concludes that leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) are deliberately stoking sectarian violence and threats of a national break-up in an attempt to further personal and corrupt self- interests.
In its final report for 2016 released in December, the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic (CAR) confirmed that the trafficking of arms and natural resources continues to be central in the perpetuation of violence in the country.
The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic (CAR) released its final report for 2016 in December. The 186-page report documents a sharp deterioration in the security situation and a deepening crisis in CAR since August 2016. The country continues to be ruled by a multitude of criminal gangs that fiercely compete for control of economic resources.
On December 30, China announced a plan to end its domestic ivory trade, phasing out all ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017. Conservationists and human rights activists hope that the move will curb the mass slaughter of elephants in Africa, who face the threat of extinction and whose ivory is used to fund armed groups. China is reportedly the world’s largest elephant ivory market, with 50 to 70 percent of all smuggled ivory ending up in the country.
U.S. to Introduce UN Security Council Resolution for Targeted Sanctions, Arms Embargo on South Sudan
Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power announced that the U.S. will introduce a resolution in the U.N. Security Council for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo for South Sudan. The Enough Project urges U.N. Security Council members to support the resolution to address the crisis in South Sudan.
Tomorrow, the European Union in partnership with the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) will host the Brussels Conference. At the Conference, representatives of the international community will meet to discuss how donors can provide support to CAR and the government of President Faustin Archange Touadéra.
Alors que Bruxelles s’apprête à recevoir jeudi 17 novembre une nouvelle conférence des bailleurs de fonds sur la République centrafricaine, de profondes incertitudes demeurent quant aux garanties offertes par le président Faustin-Archange Touadéra pour restaurer la paix.
UN Investigative Report Alleges that an Oil Company Finances Criminal Enterprise in the Central African Republic
The UN Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic (the Panel) presented evidence in their recent investigative report of a financial deal between a company called FIT Protection (FIT-P) and an armed group, an ex-Séléka faction known as the Mouvement Patriotique pour la Centrafrique (MPC) founded in 2014 by Mahamed Bahar, former intelligence chief during the Seleka regime, and Alkatim Mahamat, a notorious Chadian warlord.
The midterm report published last week by the UN Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic (CAR) reveals that the security situation throughout CAR remains concerning. Despite noticeable security improvements following the electoral process in early 2016, an upsurge in violence starting from June 2016 in the capital, Bangui, and in rural areas indicate that the root causes of violence persist.
Un nouveau rapport dénonce le système destructeur et criminel mis en place par les élites au pouvoir en République centrafricaine
Un nouveau rapport intitulé « The Bangui Carousel: How the recycling of political elites reinforces instability and violence in the Central African Republic » (Tours de manège à Bangui : Comment le recyclage des élites politiques aggrave l’instabilité et la violence en République centrafricaine) publié par Enough Project, révèle comment un groupe restreint d’individus se succède aux plus hautes fonctions de l’État centrafricain, dans une spirale de corruption qui nuit à la gouvernance et alimente l’instabilité et les conflits armés.
A new Enough Project report, The Bangui Carousel, documents the recycling of a small group of elites at the helm of the Central African Republic (CAR) government, and how groups and individuals benefit from this system at the expense of CAR’s citizens.
The Bangui Carousel: How the recycling of political elites reinforces instability and violence in the Central African Republic
The successful February 2016 election of President Faustin Archange Touadéra marks a new beginning for the Central African Republic (CAR) and provides hope that the country is now stabilizing after three years of violence and political transition. Touadéra has been endorsed by many of his political opponents, and the country remained largely peaceful in the weeks following the elections.
The Bangui Carousel: New Report Exposes Destructive, Deadly Pattern of Ruling Elites in Central African Republic
A new report, “The Bangui Carousel: How the recycling of political elites reinforces instability and violence in the Central African Republic,” published today by the Enough Project, reveals how a small group of elites rotate through positions of power in a cycle of corruption that undermines governance and contributes to instability and armed conflict.
While all eyes are turned to the direction of the Central African government and its new leader Faustin Archange Touadera, the hope borne of the elections last March is progressively making way for fear.
June 21 was an historic day for many victims of war in the Central African Republic (CAR). This was the day that the wheels of international justice, through the International Criminal Court, finally turned on Jean Pierre Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for the rape and pillage committed by his troops in CAR between 2002 and 2003. After 13 years, this judgment finally felt like something of a real victory for defenders of justice and other innocent Central Africans living under a climate of total impunity for perpetrators of atrocities.