UNODC delegation visits Bangui to contribute to the reconstruction of the justice and security sectors in the Central African Republic

A UNODC delegation, led by the Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, Mr. Pierre Lapaque, visited Bangui in the Central African Republic from 16 until 23 of July 2016 to analyze the situation on the security and justice levels and to find out what actions are being undertaken by other actors to rebuild these sectors, and thus determine what could be the contribution of UNODC to those rebuilding efforts.

Mr. Pierre Lapaque with the Minister of Internal Affairs, H.E. Mr Jean Serge Bokassa 

Since its independence in 1960, the Central African Republic has known frequent instability periods. Today, a large part of the country is under the control of various armed groups, notably in the North and North-East regions. The United Nations play an active role in the peace building process between the concerned parties, to allow the government to regain control of the territory. In fact, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic ( MINUSCA) leads the peace and disarmament process as well as the efforts to rebuild the country's institutions; it supports the police in their daily work and contributes to their training.

The delegation, composed of representatives of several UNODC thematic branches (Justice, Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, Terrorism Prevention, Law Enforcement and Wildlife and Forest Crimes), met the highest Central African authorities, notably the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and several ministers in charge of the thematic areas on which UNODC works. Furthermore, the delegation met the national actors in charge of justice and security such as judges and law enforcement agents, as well as international actors participating in the reconstruction of these key sectors, among others the MINUSCA, the European Union and the French and US embassies.

The delegation understood the considerable needs of the security and justice sectors, to ensure the security of Central Africans on a daily basis as well as to render justice in the cases of serious crimes committed during the recent conflict. The insecurity that Central Africans have endured is further compounded by the weakness of the state agencies in charge of security and justice, whose operational capacities are essentially limited to Bangui.

The delegation identified needs that UNODC expertise could meet, thereby contributing to the rebuilding efforts while respecting national priorities and in coordination with the initiatives taken by other international actors.

Audience with the President of the Republic, H.E. Mr Faustin-Archange Touadéra

For more information:

UNODC and criminal justice systems in West and Central Africa

UNODC in the fight against transnational organized crime in West and Central Africa