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2016-02-12 Ban Appoints Senegalese General As UN Force Commander
[UN News] United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

2016-02-12 New President Must Prioritize the Issue of Civilian Protection - With the Support of the International Community
[Oxfam] Central Africans will on Sunday elect a new president whose first task must be to end the violence which continues to devastate the country and provide better protection for its exhausted population. This is only be achievable with the staunch support of the international community.

2016-02-11 UN Report Urges Steps to End Impunity for Rights Abuses
[UN News] As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for the second round of presidential elections this weekend, a new United Nations report detailing violations and human rights abuses in the strife-torn nation's capital late last year has prompted the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there to call for urgent measures in the fight against impunity and to prevent future violations.

2016-02-11 Angolan and CAR Defense Ministers Assess Cooperation
[ANGOP] Luanda -The Defense ministers of Angola, João Lourenço, and of the Central African Republic (CAR), Joseph Bindoumi, assessed on Wednesday in Luanda the military cooperation between the two states.

2016-02-11 ICGLR Secretary Happy With Election in Central Africa Republic
[ANGOP] Luanda -The outgoing executive secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Ntumba Luaba, Wednesday in Luanda expressed satisfaction with the first parliamentary and presidential elections held in Central Africa Republic on January 15.

2016-02-10 Security Council Boosts Number of Corrections Officers for UN Mission
[UN News] Determining that the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains a threat to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council decided today to maintain the current personnel ceiling of more than 12,800 personnel in the military and police components of the UN peacekeeping operation in the country and to increase the number of corrections officers.

2016-02-09 Presidential Run-Off - Mr Clean Vs. the Prof
[African Arguments] The CAR's run-off will determine much more than just who gets the keys to the presidential office.

2016-02-10 Presidential Run-Off Set for February 14
[CISA] Bangui -The Central African Republic (CAR) presidential run-off and the first round of legislative elections will be held on February 14.

2016-02-07 Rape By Peacekeepers
[HRW] Nairobi -United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic raped or sexually exploited at least eight women and girls between October and December 2015. Among the survivors are a 14-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman who said peacekeepers gang-raped them near Bambari airport in the center of the country.

2016-02-08 CAR - UN to Send Home Congolese Peacekeepers Over Rape Allegations
[New Times] About 120 peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo and DR Congo serving under the UN mission in Central African Republic are to be sent home following cases of sexual abuse and rape.

2016-02-05 New Allegations of Abuse Emerge Against UN Peacekeepers
[UN News] The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported today that it has identified seven new possible victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in the town of Bambari, just days after the UN revealed which countries' troops have been accused of abusing minors.

2016-02-05 Tensions Rise in Central African Republic As Elections Draw Near
[News24Wire] As presidential elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) draw closer, renewed fighting between communities has sparked tensions.

2016-02-02 Hague Court Sets Date for Judgement on Bemba
[Bemba Trial Website] On March 31, former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba will know whether judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) convict or acquit him of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

2016-02-04 Bemba Case - Trial Chamber III to Deliver Its Verdict On 21 March 2016 in Open Court
[PR Newswire] The Hague -Today, 2 February 2016, Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an order scheduling the hearing to deliver the verdict in the case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo on Monday 21 March 2016, at 14:00 (The Hague local time), in open session. The Chamber is composed of Judges Sylvia Steiner (Brazil), presiding, Joyce Aluoch (Kenya) and Kuniko Ozaki (Japan).

2016-02-02 UN Releases U.S $9 Million to Respond to Urgent Needs
[UN News] The country-based Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in the Central African Republic (CAR) has released $9 million for life-saving assistance to 2.3 million people who need urgent support, including those displaced by violence, returnees, refugees and vulnerable host communities.

2016-01-31 'France Hopes to End Military Operations This Year'
[RFI] Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today that France hopes to end its military operation in the Central African Republic this year. Speaking to French media on Sunday, Le Drian said that the aim is to bring the operation to a halt. "I hope this is done during 2016, with small units remaining on the Central African territory as was the case earlier," he said.

2016-01-29 Presidential Run-Off Election Scheduled for February 14
[News24Wire] The Central African Republic will hold the second round of its presidential election on February 14, with two former prime ministers facing off in the vote, the country's transitional government announced on state radio on Thursday.

2016-01-29 UN Reveals More Claims of Sexual Assault By Peacekeepers
[Deutsche Welle] The UN human rights office has disclosed new claims of abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. The accused soldiers are said to have been part of the European Union's contingent in the war-torn nation.

2016-01-28 Security Council Renews Sanctions, Stresses Urgent Need to End Impunity
[UN News] Stressing the urgent need to end impunity in the Central African Republic (CAR) and bring to justice those who violate humanitarian law, the United Nations Security Council today renewed its sanctions against individuals or groups implicated in the country's ongoing sectarian tensions.

2016-01-26 Terrorism - UNHCR Seeks U.S.$545 Million for Nigeria, CAR
[Leadership] Abuja -The UN Refugee Agency and its partners yesterday called on donor nations for more than half-a-billion US dollars to help hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee conflicts in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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