No More Excuses - the Need for an Inclusive Humanitarian Response
[HRW] Participants in next week's [5/23-24] World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, with its lofty call to "leave no one behind," should consider the story of Hamamatou from the Central African Republic.
MSF Driver Killed in Attack On Convoy in CAR
[Al Jazeera] The medical aid charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has suspended its activities in part of the Central African Republic after one of its drivers was killed in an attack on a convoy.
Bemba Served His Sentence, Defense Lawyers Tell ICC
[Bemba Trial Website] Lawyers for former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba have asked International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to hand him a light sentence, arguing that the eight years he has spent in detention are proportionate to the crimes he was convicted of.
ICC Seeks 25-Year Term for Former DRC Vice President Bemba
[Bemba Trial Website] The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has asked judges to sentence former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to a minimum of 25 years in jail. According to Bensouda, as the leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), Bemba bears the "highest degree" of culpability for crimes committed by his troops against civilians in the Central African Republic during 2002 and 2003.
Criticism and Compliments for Bemba's Troops At Sentencing Hearing
[Bemba Trial Website] During hearings conducted before International Criminal Court (ICC) judges decide Jean-Pierre Bemba's sentence (following his conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity), divergent viewpoints were heard on the conduct of his troops. A clergy commended Bemba's troops for protecting civilians in Congo, but two victims recounted rape ordeals at the hands of these fighters when they were deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Defense Lawyer On Trial At ICC for Witness Tampering to Make Unsworn Statement
[Bemba Trial Website] AimeÌ Kilolo Musamba, the former lead defense lawyer for Jean-Pierre Bemba, will make an unsworn oral statement before judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) during the hearing of closing statements in the witness tampering trial against him, Bemba and three others. FidÃ¨le Babala Wandu, a Member of Parliament and former aid to Bemba when he was vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is also expected to make an unsworn oral statement in hearings scheduled to commence on May 31
President Stresses Sudan Keenness to Boost Relations With Central African Republic
[SNA] Khartoum -President Omar Bashir on Monday reaffirmed Sudan's commitment to boost bilateral relations with the Central African Republic, to achieve the joint interests.
French President in Africa for Security Talks
[Deutsche Welle] President Francois Hollande has paid a brief visit to CAR as France winds down a peacekeeping mission in the conflict-ravaged country. From there he travels to Nigeria for a summit that will focus on fighting Boko Haram.
Hollande in Bangui as Mission Marred by Sex Abuse Scandal
[RFI] French President FranÃ§ois Hollande was to visit the Central African Republic (CAR), as France's peace-keeping mission winds down but is marred by allegations of sexual abuse of CAR chilrdren by French soldiers,
Hollande Should Use Visit to Rebuild Trust and Pursue Justice - for All
[HRW] Lewis Mudge -French President Francois Hollande will visit Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic today, his first visit since the nation's new president, Faustin-Archange TouadÃ©ra, took over from a transitional government on March 30, 2016. His visit comes as France is in the midst of drawing down its peacekeeping force, known as Sangaris.
Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken to Travel to Abuja for Regional Security Summit
[State Department] Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, May 12--14, to lead the U.S. delegation to the second Regional Security Summit and for bilateral meetings. The Deputy Secretary will be joined in Abuja by Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell.
Three Years of Violence Halt Government Health Services in CAR - UN
[UN News] More than three years of violence have dismantled the already very fragile health structures in the Central African Republic (CAR), bringing the government service delivery capacity to a complete stop, and leaving thousands of people vulnerable to diseases and with little access to health services, the United Nations humanitarian aid office said over the weekend.
Parliament Seated After UN Support for Polls
[UN News] The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR) met this week with the new National Assembly, which took office after a series of successful elections supported by UN peacekeepers in the country.
Bishop, Trauma Expert, and Two Victims to Testify At Bemba's Sentencing Hearing
[Bemba Trial Website] International Criminal Court (ICC) judges will hear the evidence of two witnesses as part of the sentencing hearing for Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Congolese vice president who was last March found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The judges will also hear the views and concerns of two victims. However, judges rejected a request by Bemba's lawyers to recall two individuals who testified for the defense during the trial.
Hollande to Visit Central African Republic, Nigeria
[RFI] French President FranÃ§ois Hollande is to visit the Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria next week. In the CAR he will pledge France's support for peace efforts in the country, where France has had troops since 2013. In Nigeria he will take part in a summit on fighting the Boko Haram armed Islamist group.
Third of Children Out of Class As Schools Struggle to Reopen - UN
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Hundreds of thousands of children in the Central African Republic are missing out on education as schools struggle to reopen due to violence, displacement and a shortage of teachers, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
Challenges Facing CAR's New President
[African Arguments] What are the main issues facing President TouadÃ©ra and how well-equipped is he to deal with them?
President of Central African Republic Meets Pope Francis - Thanks Him for Visit
[CISA] Vatican City -The President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange TouadÃ©ra on Monday April 18 visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Beyond the ICC - How International Criminal Justice Can Thrive
[ISS] The international criminal justice system has been developing at an exponential rate; and Africa remains a wellspring of such developments. At the International Criminal Court (ICC), which remains focused mostly on African situations, the first four months of 2016 have been eventful.
UN Security Council Extends Peacekeeping Force Mandate
[New Times] The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday extended until July 31 the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), determining that the situation in the country constitutes a threat to international peace and security.