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UN Reports Drop In Human Rights Abuse In Central African Republic

According to authorities, rebel groups are responsible for the majority of the human rights violations in the Central African Republic.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has reported a drop in incidents of abuses and human rights violations in the country.

According to MINUSCA, between Aug. 10 and 16, 2021, there were 14 documented cases of abuse and human rights violations affecting 28 persons.

“MINUSCA has observed a drop in the number of incidents and victims as compared to the week before when 18 incidents involving 42 victims were recorded,” the UN body said. 

This comes two weeks after the publication of a UN report on the alarming situation of human rights in the Central African Republic.

Addressing a weekly press conference in Bangui the capital on Wednesday, Aug.18,  a MINUSCA spokesperson indicated that the abuses and violations registered during the past week concern among others, extrajudicial killings, cases of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, one case of torture and some cases of rape.

“The presumed authors of these abuses are on the one hand, armed groups who perpetrated five incidents representing 35.71 per cent affecting 13 victims. Also, the Central African Republic armed forces FACA and their Russian allies are the presumed authors of nine incidents representing 64.28 per cent affecting 13 victims,” the MINUSCO spokesperson, Lt.-Colonel Abdoul Aziz Fall revealed, adding that the prefectures most affected are Membere-Kadei, followed by Ouham-Pende and Nana-Mambere.

The MINUSCA spokesperson said the security situation in the Central African Republic had during the past week recorded some relative calm but remains precarious because of the activities of armed groups, particularly in the west and east of the country.

“The reinforcements mobilized to dissuade and counter the actions of these armed elements continue their operations of ensuring the security of the populations on the ground,” he concluded.

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