Everyday Criminal Justice and Civilian Protection in the Central African Republic


This brief considers the issue of everyday criminal justice in CAR and reflects on the challenges that low-level crimes present for international actors engaging in civilian protection activities. It focuses on contemporary operational dilemmas faced by international actors in CAR, considering the perspectives of humanitarian actors, actors from MINUSCA, displaced populations, local civil society, and armed actors. This brief may be read alone or alongside a companion brief (Research Brief 1 on CAR), which considers actors’ perceptions of who should be considered a civilian within the context of CAR, and international law’s relevance to the work of international actors. The field research that generated these findings was conducted by the author during a three-week visit to CAR in April 2019.

Executive Summary (English)

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