Association in Central African Republic

Faced with formidable obstacles and dangers, civil society organisations still play a vital role, as the Central African Republic attempts to emerge from civil war and rebuild the country. During the conflict humanitarian CSOs faced regular attacks and human rights defenders in particular paid a heavy price, with many members of organisations like the Observatoire Centrafricain des Droits de l’Homme (OCDH) being killed because of their work in support of civilians. CSOs continue to provide vital humanitarian relief, legal services to victims of sexual abuse and peacebuilding support, which is essential to close the gap between the central government and local communities. According to one estimate, there are at least 140 organisations actively engaged in peacebuilding, human rights and development work across the country. Article 12 of CAR’s 2015 constitution provides that all citizens have the right to form associations, groupings, societies and organisations for the public good.