Central African Republic Sanctions: Who is Haroun Gaye?

 

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HAROUN GAYE
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 
17 December 2015
 
Reason for listing: 

HAROUN GAYE was listed on 17 December 2015 pursuant to paragraphs 11 and 12 (b) and (f) of resolution 2196 (2015) as “engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of the CAR”; “involved in planning, directing, or committing acts that violate international human rights law or international humanitarian law, as applicable, or that constitute human rights abuses or violations, in the CAR, including acts involving sexual violence, targeting of civilians, ethnic- or religious-based attacks, attacks on schools and hospitals, and abduction and forced displacement;” and “ involved in planning, directing, sponsoring, or conducting attacks against UN missions or international security presences, including MINUSCA, the European Union Missions and French operations which support them.”

Additional information: 

HAROUN GAYE has been, since early 2014, one of the leaders of an armed group operating in the PK5 neighborhood in Bangui.  Civil Society representatives of the PK5 neighborhood state that Gaye and his armed group are fuelling the conflict in Bangui, opposing the reconciliation and preventing movements of population to and from the third district of Bangui.

On 11 May, 2015, Gaye and 300 demonstrators blocked access to the National Transitional Council to disrupt the final day of the Bangui Forum. GAYE is reported to have collaborated with anti-Balaka officials to coordinate the disruption.

On 26 June 2015, Gaye and a small entourage disrupted the opening of a voter registration drive in Bangui’s PK5 neighborhood, causing the registration drive to close.

MINUSCA attempted to arrest Gaye on 2 August 2015, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 32(f)(i) of the Security Council resolution 2217 (2015). Gaye, who was reportedly informed of the arrest attempt in advance, was ready with supporters armed with heavy weaponry.  Gaye’s forces opened fire on the MINUSCA Joint Task Force.  In a seven-hour firefight, Gaye’s men employed firearms, rocket-propelled and hand grenades against MINUSCA troops and killed one peacekeeper and injured eight.

Gaye was involved in encouraging violent protests and clashes in late September 2015 in what appears to have been a coup attempt to overthrow the Transitional Government. The coup attempt was likely led by former president Bozize’s supporters in an alliance of convenience with Gaye and other FPRC leaders. It appears that Gaye aimed  to create a cycle of retaliatory attacks that would threaten the upcoming elections.  Gaye was in charge of coordination with marginalized elements of the anti-Balaka.

On 1 October 2015, a meeting took place in the PK5 neighborhood between Eugène Barret Ngaïkosset, a member of a marginalized anti-Balaka group and Gaye, with the aim of planning a joint attack on Bangui on Saturday, 3 October.

Gaye’s group prevented people inside the PK5 neighborhood from leaving it, in order to reinforce the communal identity of the Muslim population to exacerbate inter-ethnic tensions and avoid reconciliation.  On 26 October 2015, Gaye and his group interrupted a meeting between the Archbishop of Bangui and the Imam of the Central Mosque of Bangui, and threatened the delegation which had to retreat from the Central Mosque and flee the PK5 neighborhood.

Link:

Narrative Summary for Haroun Gaye

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