Building Peace, Seeking Justice: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes About Accountability and Social Reconstruction in the Central African Republic

48 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2010

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Patrick Vinck

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; University of California, Berkeley; Tulane University

Phuong Pham

Tulane University

Date Written: August 3, 2010

Abstract

Decades of political instability, state fragility, mismanagement, and a series of armed conflicts have led the Central African Republic (CAR) to a state of widespread violence and poverty. This study provides a better understanding of the scope and magnitude of violence in CAR and its consequences, as well as a snapshot of what the citizens of CAR believe is the best way to restore peace. It also examines the issue of justice and accountability for the serious crimes that were committed.

This report provides the findings from a survey of 1,879 adults, residents of CAR, randomly selected in the capital city of Bangui, and the prefectures of Lobaye, Ombella M’Poko, Ouham, and Ouham Pende. These prefectures represent a large geographic area that account for 52% of the total population of CAR and have experienced varying levels of exposure to the conflicts. Locally trained teams conducted the interviews between November and December 2009.

This report provides a detailed analysis of results on a wide range of topics related to population’s priorities and needs, exposure to violence, security, community cohesion and engagement, access to information, conflict resolution, reintegration of former combatants, transitional justice, and reparations for victims. Interviewers used an open-ended format and respondents could provide more than one answer to most questions.

Keywords: War, Central African Republic, Peace, Justice, Survey, International Criminal Court, ICC, Victims, Violence

JEL Classification: D74, N47

Suggested Citation

Vinck, Patrick and Pham, Phuong, Building Peace, Seeking Justice: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes About Accountability and Social Reconstruction in the Central African Republic (August 3, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1652997 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1652997

Patrick Vinck (Contact Author)

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Tulane University

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Phuong Pham

Tulane University ( email )

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New Orleans, LA 70118
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