Parfait Onanga-Anyanga Appointed Acting Special Representative in CAR

18 August 2015

On Friday, August 14th, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Gabon) as the acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Central African Republic.  Prior to the appointment, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga had worked at the UN in several capacities , most recently as head of the UN's Mission in Burundi and Coordinator of the UN's response to Boko Haram. 

The announcement follows the resignation of Babacar Gaye (Senegal) earlier last week in response to the recent allegations of sexual violence committed by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic as part of the UN's stabilization mission in the country (MINUSCA).  According to the Secretary-General, Gaye was asked to step down in order to send a strong message  that such crimes, as well as MINUSCA's failure to respond to them, were being taken seriously by the UN system. 

Stabilization efforts in CAR have been under close scrutiny since the spring, when evidence emerged of sexual abuse by French peacekeepers stationed in the country.  Although the peacekeepers were not under the UN's direct authority, UN officials who had been made aware of the violations failed to take steps to halt the abuse or to inform the French authorities. Moreover, when Anders Kompass, a high-level employee of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, shared the report with French authorities, he was placed on administrative leave. In June, the Secretary-General established a panel to investigate the incident.

For more information, visit the New York Times.