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Le Monde Tribune: Et si on arrêtait de recompenser les chefs des groupes armés en Centrafrique ?

« 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.

By Enough Team

February 21, 2017

Dangerous Divisions: The Central African Republic faces the threat of secession

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. 

By Nathalia Dukhan

February 15, 2017

Central African Republic Facing Threat of Partition

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.

By Enough Team

February 15, 2017

UN Report Reaffirms Alarming Security Situation in Central African Republic

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.

By Nathalia Dukhan

February 13, 2017

In Welcome Move, China Announces Plan to End Domestic Ivory Trade

​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.

By Megha Swamy

January 19, 2017

EU Hosts Brussels Donor Conference on Central African Republic

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. 

By Enough Team

November 16, 2016

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.

By Enough Team

August 29, 2016

New UN investigative report reveals failures to tackle the root causes of conflict in CAR

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.

By Nathalia Dukhan

August 23, 2016

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.

By Enough Team

August 3, 2016

New Report on Central African Republic: The Bangui Carousel

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.

By Enough Team

August 2, 2016

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.

By Enough Team

August 2, 2016

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.

By Enough Team

August 2, 2016

Striking Photos Highlight CAR's Hidden Conflict

On July 12, the French  news outlet Le Monde published a series of breathtaking photos on the Central African Republic's hidden conflict, taken by french photographer, William Daniels. 

By Nathalia Dukhan

July 15, 2016

In Central African Republic, Rampant Impunity Continues to Pose a Serious Threat to Peace

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.

By Nathalia Dukhan

June 27, 2016