The ILO Convention 169 and the Central African Republic: From Catalyst to Benchmark

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Abstract

In ratifying the ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (ILO 169) in 2010, the Central African Republic (CAR) became the first African country to join the Convention. This represents a very significant breakthrough not only for the country, but also at a continental level since the CAR is still the only African country that has ratified the Convention. Following the ratification of the Convention, the CAR has engaged in a process of integration of the Convention within its national political and legal system. However, due to the widespread conflicts that has marked the country since 2013, the process of implementation of the Convention and the rights of indigenous peoples have greatly suffered. The country has been consumed by violence resulting in an increasingly sectarian environment where civilians have been targeted on the basis of their religious identity. The conflict has had seriously impact on indigenous peoples of the country who have been severely affected by the violence. Even if some important steps have been taken towards a more peaceful and stable future, the situation in the country remains extremely volatile. With this in mind, the aim of this chapter is to offer an overview on some of the main issues faced by indigenous peoples in the country and to offer some analysis on the potential impact that the ILO 169 has had and could have in the future. © 2019, Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The attached document (embargoed until 21/04/2021) is an author produced version of a paper published in THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RIGHTS uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self-archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-223
JournalThe International Journal of Human Rights
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2019

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