Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

CAR: UN Soldiers Implicated in Rape and Violence Against Civilians

Posted in African Politics, Central African Republic by ruben eberlein on August 31, 2015

uW7YdmDCAccording to Amnesty International, soldiers of the UN mission Minusca in the Central African Republic (CAR) are implicated in several cases of sexual violence and violence against civilians. Meanwhile, the conflict in the CAR has disappeared from the radar of the international community. Elections are planned for October this year, but hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced, and those responsible for human rights abuses are still at large. I wrote a text for Jungle World about these issues. Find it here as pdf.

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Central African Republic: Teetering on a Knife’s Edge

Posted in African Politics, Central African Republic by ruben eberlein on May 19, 2015

The conflicts in the Central African Republic that killed thousands and routed hundred thousands of people in 2013/2014 are not yet over. The EU mission, however, left the country with a “mission accomplished”. Until the end of the year, French troops will also withdraw. The general mood within the “international community” is that quick elections will solve the problems of the CAR. Read my text that appeared in the latest issue of Blätter des iz3w (German).

Central African Republic: Bangui, Zero Hour

Posted in African Politics, Central African Republic by ruben eberlein on May 24, 2013

An interesting and detailed piece by taz author Simone Schlindwein about the takeover and its aftermath in the Central African Republic you should read if you are familiar with German.

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