Amnesty International Urges UN To Act Against CAR Violence

Amnesty International has called on the United Nations to act against the surge of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).
CAR youths block a road to prevent the Seleka rebels from entering Bangui on January 1, 2013. (file photo)
CAR youths block a road to prevent the Seleka rebels from entering Bangui on January 1, 2013. (file photo)

In a statement on Monday, Amnesty urged the UN Security Council to authorize “a robust peacekeeping force,” to protect civilians in the crisis-hit country.

The rights group’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, said the forces should have a mandate to “protect civilians, including internally displaced persons (IDPs).”

“Troops on the ground must have the resources necessary to stop the ongoing abuses and rein in armed groups and forces that have already spun out of control over the past year,” Shetty added.

The Seleka rebels, who launched an offensive against the CAR government in December 2012 and finally ousted then President Francois Bozizé in March, have been accused of killing, looting, and raping across the country.

The UN has blamed the Seleka fighters for much of the chaos in the country, saying, “uncontrolled Seleka elements and unidentified armed groups” in the country committed “arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks.”

On Saturday, the CAR government rejected concerns that the country might be heading for genocide.

There are many mineral resources, including gold and diamond, in the Central African Republic. However, the country is extremely poor and has faced a series of rebellions and coups since it gained independence in 1960.

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