Peaceful Assembly in Central African Republic

While Article 8 of CAR’s new constitution guarantees the freedom of assembly, it is subject to conditions set down in law, and in recent practice this right has been strictly controlled by the Ministry of the Interior. The Ministry had to approve all applications for public gatherings, while security forces and armed rebel groups regularly dispersed demonstrators. Public spaces are still reported to be particularly volatile in remote parts of the country, where continued attacks by rebel groups in 2015 created fear within the civilian population.