Capacity Building Workshops For The Members Of The Special Criminal Court In The Central African Republic

The Special Criminal Court (SCC) of the Central African Republic was created on 3 June 2015 by Organic Law No. 15.003. Pursuant to Article 3, the SCC has jurisdiction to “try serious violations of human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law committed on the territory of the Central African Republic since 1 January 2003, as defined by the Central African Republic Penal Code, and under the international obligations entered into by the Central African Republic in the field of international law, in particular the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.’’ 

The Court in Bangui, established in 2015, operates alongside the national courts and the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Court is addressing many complex and serious crimes in a dangerous environment, and operates with limited financial and human resources. 

Project Overview
Capacity Building Workshops For The Members Of The Special Criminal Court In The Central African Republic (2016-2017)

In order to support the establishment and full operationalisation of the Special Criminal Court of the Central African Republic, the Wayamo Foundation and the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) held international symposia and workshops to raise awareness about its significance and importance, and the need to build domestic capacities.

In July 2017, the Wayamo Foundation and the AGJA convened a two-day training workshop (10-11 July), marking the first time that the new staff members had all been brought together. Over the course of the two days, the participants -who included the judges, prosecutor, deputy prosecutor, and national and international personnel- were given the opportunity to learn from the experiences and lessons of colleagues from other international organisations and courts, including the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in the Senegalese Courts, which had successfully prosecuted Hissène Habré in 2016.

SCC Prosecutor, Toussaint Muntazini concluded by saying, “This is the first time that we all met together over six days of training and informal activities. It allowed us to build a team and develop a team spirit. The work during these past six days has been extremely intense and very instructive. We benefited from the experience of those who have worked in jurisdictions that preceded the SCC and, personally, I feel much stronger in the belief that many people want the SCC to succeed and are ready to support the Court in this immense and difficult task ahead.”

Objectives

Build the capacity of the members of the Special Criminal Court

The Wayamo Foundation organises and convenes capacity-building training sessions for the members of the Court, to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and prosecute violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed since 2003 in the Central African Republic.

Identify challenges and design new and purpose-tailored training programmes

Together with the SCC and regional and international experts, the Wayamo Foundation identifies challenges and difficulties that the SCC will be facing. Training programmes are then designed and tailored to the needs of the Court.

Engage with civil society and the media

Through activities, such as public conferences, and high-level debates and symposia, the public is informed of the significance and importance of the Special Criminal Court. A population that is well-informed has the potential to contribute to greater understanding of justice for international crimes and to sustained pressure for justice.
Trainers & Experts
Wayamo training sessions are provided by a handpicked mix of international, local and regional experts drawn from international organisations, ranging from the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegalese Courts, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the United Nations, to hybrid and ad hoc tribunals, and national jurisdictions.
Target Groups

Members of the Special Criminal Court (SCC) of the Central African Republic

Wayamo trains members of the Court to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and prosecute violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed since 2003 in the Central African Republic.

Civil society and the wider public

Wayamo hosts public conferences and symposia, to inform the public on the significance and importance of the Special Criminal Court.
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Bettina Ambach (Director, Wayamo Foundation) talks to Toussaint Muntazini and Jacob Damili Sanny (Special Prosecutor and Indictment Chamber Judge respectively of the Special Criminal Court in Bangui, Central African Republic)

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