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Fears of Arms Race As Armed Groups Fight Government

[RFI] An arms race is building between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and government forces, according to a new report by a US-based NGO. It warns that a build up in weapons could lead to an escalation in sectarian violence, bloodier than ever before. (AllAfrica)


Skipper Niyonzima Dropped for CAR Tie

[New Times] Amavubi head coach Vincent Mashami will be without his captain Haruna Niyonzima during the clash against Central African Republic (CAR) when the two national teams face off at Huye Stadium next week. (AllAfrica)


Shifting Alliances, Foreign Interference - Mapping the Web of Armed Groups in the Central African Republic

[ENOUGH] A new report by the Enough Project maps the myriad war profiteering armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR), exploring their shifting alliances and competing interests in the country's five-year war. (AllAfrica)


Efforts to Rebuild National Army Continue - Defense Minister

[VOA] Throughout nearly six years of civil war, the Central African Republic's military has struggled to restore peace. Fighting with rebels and militias has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, while accusations of human rights abuses and ethnic bias have left some civilians in fear of their protectors. (AllAfrica)


Election of New Speaker Awaited

[Cameroon Tribune] Attention in the Central African Republic (CAR), is now focused on the election of a new Speaker of Parliament after Abdou Karim Meckouassa was impeached by lawmakers on October 26, 2018 on grounds of bad governance. It was the first time in CAR's history that a Parliament Speaker would be impeached. Meckouassa lost the impeachment by 98 votes for and 41 against - with one null vote. Barely a day after the vote, Parliament announced the opening of applications for the position of Speaker, with an election (AllAfrica)


Bemba to Appeal 'Unfair' ICC Penalty

[International Justice Monitor] Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has moved to appeal the penalty handed to him last month at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for witness tampering, deeming it unfair and disproportionate. The 55-year-old former rebel commander received a prison sentence of 12 months, which he did not serve since he had spent a longer period in detention during the trial, and a fine of ?300,000 (US$ 346,000). (AllAfrica)


Murderers of 3 Chinese Nationals Not to 'Go Unpunished' - Central African President

[Focac] "The perpetrators and their accomplices will be brought to justice... so that justice can be done for the victims as well as for the Central African people," said Touadera in a recent meeting in Bangui with Chinese Ambassador to the CAR Chen Dong. (AllAfrica)


CAR - Over 300 Refugees Voluntarily Return Home

[Cameroon Tribune] Some 2,288 of the 3,000 refugees who asked to go back home have so far done so. (AllAfrica)


Rebels Executing Civilians - HRW

[HRW] Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic captured and executed at least nine civilians, including seven women, on September 6, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The executions around the town of Bria in the Haute-Kotto province came almost two weeks after the same group killed 11 civilians after a clash with a rival militia. (AllAfrica)


Peace Impossible Without Justice for Victims - UN Report

[VOA] A United Nations human rights expert warns true peace in Central African Republic will not be possible without justice for the hundreds of thousands of victims who have suffered violence and human rights abuse during more than five years of civil war. (AllAfrica)


War Crimes Tribunal Set to Begin Work

[Deutsche Welle] Human rights organizations have for years urged a resolution of the war crimes cases in Central African Republic. The Special Criminal Court is expected to begin its work in this regard next month. (AllAfrica)


CAR Head of State Faustin Touadera Wants Arms Embargo Lifted

[UN News] Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Central African Republic (CAR) Head of State Faustin Touadera on Wednesday thanked the world body for helping to restore stability in his country, but also called for the complete lifting of the UN Security Council arms embargo affecting its army. (AllAfrica)


Africans Live A Decade Longer Than in 1990, But...

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The level of human development in Sub-Saharan Africa, judged by how long people live for, how well they are educated and how much they earn, has improved by more than a third in the past three decades, according to a United Nations report published today. (AllAfrica)


Central African Republic - Bar Amnesty for Atrocity Crimes

[HRW] Bangui -A general amnesty as part of the political dialogue in the Central African Republic would be incompatible with the government's duty to bring those responsible for grave international crimes to justice and with victims' rights to accountability, five Central African and international human rights organizations said today. The groups are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Central African Human Rights League (LCDH), and Central African Human Rights Ob (AllAfrica)


Judges Close Reparations Proceedings in Bemba's War Crimes Trial

[Bemba Trial Website] Following Jean-Pierre Bemba's acquittal two months ago at the International Criminal Court (ICC), judges have closed the reparations proceedings in the case where the former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo was tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity. (AllAfrica)


Changing Security Landscape - a Catalyst for UN Policy Change?

[Atlantic Council] Amid strong pressure from the Trump Administration, the United Nations (UN) voted at the end of June to cut over $600 million from its peacekeeping budget. The majority of these cuts are set to come from key operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, including the UN's mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), known by its French acronym MINUSCA, which was originally authorized in April 2014. (AllAfrica)


Six Aid Workers Killed in Car

[CAJ News] Bangui -AT least six humanitarian workers have been killed following attacks by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) this year. (AllAfrica)


Film Shows Art of Survival in Central Africa Airport's 'Tent City'

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde -Tens of thousands of people who fled murderous gangs and set up their own "tent city" inside Central African Republic's main airport are the unlikely stars of an award-winning new film. (AllAfrica)


Impact of the Bemba Acquittal Already Seen in DRC

[Bemba Trial Website] The return of Jean-Pierre Bemba to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday has once again generated attention on the militia leader-turned-politician. His return is less than two months after judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted him for the rape, murder, and pillage committed by troops in his Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) in the Central African Republic (CAR). The legal aspects of his acquittal have been the subject of substantial discussion, with commentators (AllAfrica)


Killing of 3 Russian Investigative Journalists in Central African Republic Must Be Probed

[CPJ] New York -The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Central African Republic, Russia, and the U.N. to investigate the deaths of three Russian journalists killed while on assignment in CAR. (AllAfrica)


Bemba Arrives in Congo But Can He Run for President?

[Bemba Trial Website] Bemba Arrives in Congo But Can He Run for President? (AllAfrica)


Russia 'Becoming Part of the Conflict' in CAR

[Deutsche Welle] The murder of three Russian journalists working in the Central African Republic has raised questions about Moscow's role in the country's ongoing war. DW spoke to expert Tim Glawion about Russia's presence in the region. (AllAfrica)


Attacks On Aid Workers Rise in Central African Republic

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"Humanitarian actors have been forced to drastically reduce their activities" (AllAfrica)


Russian Journalists Killed at Roadblock

[Deutsche Welle] Three reporters who were investigating a Russian private security firm's activities in CAR, one of the poorest and most unstable countries in the world, were killed at a roadblock. (AllAfrica)


Bemba Arrives in Congo But Can He Run for President?

[Bemba Trial Website] Bemba Arrives in Congo But Can He Run for President? (AllAfrica)


Russia 'Becoming Part of the Conflict' in CAR

[Deutsche Welle] The murder of three Russian journalists working in the Central African Republic has raised questions about Moscow's role in the country's ongoing war. DW spoke to expert Tim Glawion about Russia's presence in the region. (AllAfrica)


Attacks On Aid Workers Rise in Central African Republic

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"Humanitarian actors have been forced to drastically reduce their activities" (AllAfrica)


Russian Journalists Killed at Roadblock

[Deutsche Welle] Three reporters who were investigating a Russian private security firm's activities in CAR, one of the poorest and most unstable countries in the world, were killed at a roadblock. (AllAfrica)


Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in CAR

[ISS] Sexual violence by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) is increasingly being used as a weapon of war. Women and girls are typically seen as the primary victims, but the extent of sexual violence against men and boys is equally worrying. (AllAfrica)


Rebel Leader Killed in CAR Communal Violence

[CAJ News] At least three people have been killed following an alleged livestock theft in the crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR). (AllAfrica)


Bemba's Acquittal Raises Concerns on Reparations to Victims in the Central African Republic

[Bemba Trial Website] The acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba has created uncertainty over reparations to several victims of crimes committed by his troops a decade and a half ago. The International Criminal Court's (ICC) rules provide that no reparations order can be issued when there is no conviction. (AllAfrica)