09 Mar 2015
Reinforcing the Responsibility to Protect in the Central African Republic
Since the publication of our last policy brief on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) in May 2014, the United Nations has mandated and began deploying a 12,000-strong peacekeeping operation, known as MINUSCA. Despite this, the conflict in CAR has expanded in scale and scope during 2014 and mass atrocity crimes against civilians are ongoing.
The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect conducted a research mission to CAR between 27 January and 8 February 2015. Efforts to uphold R2P, focusing specifically on the protection of civilians, accountability, the political process and reconciliation, were assessed.
In this policy brief the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect provides recommendations for an enhanced international response to respond to the crisis in the CAR. The brief also reviews the dynamics of the violence and the future risk of mass atrocity crimes.