Central African Republic

11 June 2018

The acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba: lessons must be learned

The acquittal on appeal of Jean-Pierre Bemba by the International Criminal Court leaves several thousand victims in the Central African Republic without no proper response to the extreme violence committed against them during the armed conflict.

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18 December 2017

Victims’ legal representation raised at the 16th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute

Last week at the Sixteenth Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, ASF and REDRESS co-organised a parallel event on the legal representation of victims before the International Criminal Court, the International Crimes Division in Uganda, and the Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic.

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18 October 2017

Special Criminal Court in CAR: what role should victims play in procedures?

In early October, alongside other civil society actors, both international and from the Central African Republic, ASF took part in a workshop to discuss the Rules of Procedure and Evidence Project for the Special Criminal Court. This was an opportunity to highlight the importance of respecting the rights of victims in relation to representation, participation, and reparation at every stage of procedures.

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2 October 2017

Birth certificates in CAR: the exception rather than the rule

Most Central Africans, especially the youngest, do not possess a birth certificate and thus don’t exist in the eyes of the state. What is the reason for this lack of registration? What are the obstacles to access to the Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths? What are the consequences? ASF appointed Thierry Vircoulon, an expert on Central Africa, to carry out a study to enable a better understanding of the issue and propose solutions.

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16 November 2016

Central African Republic: Support the Special Criminal Court

Donor countries should support the Central African Republic’s Special Criminal Court, 17 Central African and international human rights non-governmental organizations say in a declaration. The donors should provide technical, financial, and political support for the court and its mandate to end impunity for crimes under international law, the groups said. On 17 November, the European Union is hosting a conference in Brussels to discuss funding priorities for the Central African Republic.

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21 September 2016

“If you are convinced about ASF, then yes, make a donation”

If access to justice is to be sustainable, the capacity of international actors such as ASF should also be sustainable. In essence that is the message from ASF Executive Director, Francesca Boniotti, on the occasion of the publication of the NGO’s 2015 Annual Report.

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8 August 2016

When will the Special Criminal Court for Central African Republic be up and running?

ASF, in collaboration with the non-governmental organisation, REDRESS, supports the setting up of a Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic. A workshop that brought together civil society, legal and international players has drawn uprecommendations for the next stages of establishing this Court. The stakes are crucial: to launch trials for serious crimes and pave the way to reconciliation and a lasting peace in the CAR.

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21 June 2016

CAR/ICC: 18 years imprisonment for J-P. Bemba

The International Criminal Court sentences the former leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years’ imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by his troops in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003. ASF supports the prosecution of other perpetrators of serious crimes committed in CAR, including through the effective establishment of the Special Criminal Court.

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31 May 2016

ICC: Victims’ choice vs. legal aid?

Since 2010, ASF has been implementing a project on international criminal justice and transitional justice in Uganda. In this context, ASF has conducted close consultations with victims and affected communities about prosecution of alleged perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Victims have shown a strong interest and willingness to be involved in criminal proceedings, both at international and national levels. They seem, however, lacking sufficient information and understanding as to their rights and as what participation to criminal proceedings might encompass.

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22 April 2016

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Central African Republic: Make Justice a Priority

New Government Should Quickly Establish Special Court – 21 Central African and international human rights organizations issued a statement today calling on the new president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, to make justice for grave international crimes a top priority for his government. President Touadéra was sworn in on March 30, 2016, and his new government took office on April 11.

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