Central African Republic Opposition Calls For Probe Into Civilian Murders By Gov’t Forces

MLPC is asking the Central African Government to investigate murders it claims were committed by FACA soldiers, premised on a video circulating on social media.

Following the publication on social media of a video showing individuals wearing uniforms of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, slashing the throats of two civilians whose hands were tied behind their backs, the Mouvement de Liberation du Peuple Centrafricain (MLPC) political party has called on the government to immediately open an investigation into the incident.

In a press statement signed and made public on Wednesday, April 13, the MLPC declared that the military authorities have kept quiet on the killing of the two civilians while the public awaits the government to deliver justice. 

“In a state of law, when there are allegations of violations of human rights, the justice system, which is the government, takes over the affair and orders an investigation according to the regulations in order to establish responsibility,” the party said in the statement.

“A communique from a civil or military authority cannot replace this obligation. On the question of human rights and notably mass crimes, national opinion is still waiting for the results of investigations of the grievous events of Bossangoa and Aigbado in Bria.”

MLPC said it “Vigorously condemns this barbaric act which banalizes the killing of human beings; “Demands the urgent opening of an investigation by the justice system with a view to elucidating the circumstances surrounding this barbarity, situate the responsibilities by identifying the actors and to bring them to justice to answer for their acts”. 

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