Central African Republic


UN Welcomes Central African Republic’s Steps Towards Accountability

On April 4th 2017, the United Nations Security Council welcomed the efforts of the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, to restore peace and security to the crisis-torn country, also stressing the need for the “swift operationalization” of his plans. In its Presidential Statement, the Security Council […]


Perversions Of Peacekeeping In The Central African Republic

The United Nations’ (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and corresponding French peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR) have received a new wave of discredit after a French court decided in January not to bring charges against French soldiers accused of sexual abuse […]


Navigating The Victim/Perpetrator Complex At The International Criminal Court: The Case Of Dominic Ongwen

The trial of former child soldier Dominic Ongwen, which began on Tuesday December 6th at the International Criminal Court (ICC), has raised existential questions about the actions of humankind in times of war and suffering. Ongwen’s case is particularly complex as it is the first to charge an individual for […]


Violence and Impunity in the Central African Republic Threatens a Fragile Peace

In Kaga Bandero, a town 350km north of the nation’s capital Bangui, violence is unending. Civilian massacres, destruction of houses, and targeted attacks against Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps are just some of the deadly indicators of a fragile peace teetering on widespread conflict. Since the democratic election of President […]


French Military Withdrawal From War Torn Central African Republic

  French peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic (CAR) have been withdrawn from the war torn country despite ongoing violence in the region. Operation Sangaris had been in effect since 2013, a French military response to the barbaric conflict between Muslim rebel group Seleka, and Anti-Balaka, a Christian rebel group, […]


Withdraw From The ICC, Then What?

About 2 weeks ago, South Africa became the latest African country to indicate its intention to pull out of the ICC (International Criminal Court).[1] This happened just days after Burundi signed its intention to leave.[2] South Africa claimed it was leaving because being part of the ICC was incompatible with […]


Is The Central Africa Sub-region A Curse Land?

For some weeks now the Central African state of Gabon has been making headline news. It started some months ago when opposition party members protested against Ali Bongo’s presidential candidature on the grounds that he was not born on Gabonese soil. Even though the judiciary never gave into their demands, […]