Biya Says Hostages Freed in CAR
[Deutsche Welle]Cameroon has claimed that its military has freed 16 people from rebels from the Central African Republic. The army was said to have carried out a "special operation" to free the hostages, who included a Polish priest.
Zambian Peacekeeping Troops Lack Funds to Deploy to CAR
[Zambia Reports]The deployment of more than 400 Zambian peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) is on hold largely due to funding and logistical setbacks on the part of the Zambian government, according to sources.
In Central African Republic, UN Team Investigates Outbreak of Sectarian Violence
[UN News]A United Nations humanitarian mission has visited a town in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid an outburst of violence that left at least 14 people injured and three killed, the Organization's humanitarian relief office announced today.
Bemba Faces Second ICC Trial On Charges of Corrupting Witnesses
[Bemba Trial Website]International Criminal Court (ICC) judges have confirmed charges of corruptly influencing witnesses against Jean-Pierre Bemba and four associates and committed them to trial.
Sectarian Clashes Displace Thousands
[UN News]An upsurge in violent attacks this week between communities in a town near the Central African Republic's border with South Sudan has left at least 10 people injured and thousands more displaced, marking the first major inter-community incident in the region since the country's crisis began in 2012, the United Nations humanitarian relief office said today.
Kony to LRA - Bring Me Ivory, Gold, and Diamonds
[ENOUGH]Washington, DC -The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group is increasingly trafficking ivory, diamonds, and gold in order to obtain weapons, ammunition, food, and other supplies, the Enough Project, The Resolve and Invisible Children said today.
Security Council Adopts First-Ever Resolution On 'Invaluable Role' of UN Police Operations
[UN News]The United Nations Security Council today adopted the first-ever resolution focusing on the world body's policing operations, stressing their invaluable contribution to peacekeeping, civilian protection and the rule of law, and pledging to give clear mandates as well as appropriate resources to UN police-related work.
Conclusions of the 6th Meeting of the International Contact Group On the Car
[African Union]1. The International Contact Group on the Central African Republic (ICG-RCA) held its 6th meeting in Bangui, on 11 November 2014, under the co-chairmanship of Mr. Basile Ikouebe, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Congo, and Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU). The list of the countries and organizations that participated in the meeting is indicated below.
Refugees Struggle to Get by as New Dangers Arise in CAR Conflict
[UNHCR]Bambari -At just 16 years old and already married, Ache from Sudan's Darfur region has had to overcome many obstacles in a bid to fulfill her dream of finishing her studies.
Tough Conditions for Car Displaced At Airport Camp
[IRIN]Bangui -One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions.
Chad - Displaced People From the Central African Republic Living in Precarious Conditions
[PR Newswire]Geneva -The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in close cooperation with the Red Cross of Chad, has distributed essential items to over 5,000 displaced people living in the isolated area of Am Timan, south-eastern Chad.
State Dept. On Contact Group Meeting On Central African Republic
[State Department]Statement by Jeff Rathke
ICC Judges Asked to Acquit Bemba
[Bemba Trial Website]Defense lawyers have implored judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba, stating that the prosecution failed to prove its allegations against the former Congolese opposition leader.
Defense Minister Visits Peacekeepers to Be Sent to CAR
[Egypt Online]Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief and Defense Minister Colonel General Sedqi Sobhi inspected Egyptian troops that will be dispatched to the Central African Republic to serve under the umbrella of the United Nations peacekeeping mission.
Central African Republic Rebels Block Key Highways in Capital
[ANGOP]Bangui -Seleka rebels in Central African Republic blocked two highways through the capital Bangui on Thursday and exchanged gunfire with U.N. peacekeepers, witnesses said, in a further bout of the violent disorder plaguing the country.
USAID Supports Peacebuilding in Central African Republic
[State Department]Washington, DC -The U.S. Agency for International Development announces $7 million in funding to support peace in the Central African Republic, where continuing violence has displaced hundreds of thousands.
Prosecutors Ask ICC Judges to Convict Bemba
[Bemba Trial Website]Today, the prosecution at the International Criminal Court (ICC) made a final plea to judges to convict former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba for the rape, murder, and looting committed by his troops in 2002 and 2003.
Attacks Hinder Relief Efforts
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]Dakar -A rise in attacks on aid workers in the Central African Republic is hindering the delivery of aid to rural parts of the country despite the arrival of international peacekeepers in September, a medical charity said on Tuesday.
Peacekeepers Gear Up
[IRIN]Loango, Southern Congo -With hundreds of soldiers from its member states successfully completing a series of joint exercises and manoeuvres in Congo, the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) says its Multinational Force for Central Africa (FOMAC), is now ready to intervene in local conflicts and be part of global anti-terrorism initiatives.
Central African Republic - Violent Attacks Against MSF Threaten the Supply of Humanitarian Assistance
[MSF]Attacks and extortion against providers of humanitarian assistance are on the rise.