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CAR’s new court may provide model to emulate

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Significance

With a first verdict delivered in October and further cases under investigation or being prepared, this new tribunal has begun to demonstrate that the trial of major human rights crimes can sometimes be devolved back to the national level in Africa, even in difficult political circumstances.

Impacts

  • The Court could help restore inter-communal trust -- if its pursuit of justice is seen to be even-handed.
  • The Court’s credibility could suffer if Wagner mercenaries contracted to the government go unpunished for their crimes against civilians.
  • If the model proves effective even in the fragile CAR context, it could be replicated in other Sub-Saharan African countries.

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