UN calls for an end to violations and lawlessness in Central African RepublicListen /
Over 119 people have been killed in the Central African Republic since the take over of the government by rebel forces last month, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).
There are reports of widespread human rights violations including targeted killings, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture, recruitment of children, rapes, disappearances and kidnappings in the capital Bangui and other parts of the country.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for urgent restoration of the rule of law in the country and for the perpetrators of the abuses to be held accountable.
Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the UN human rights office, has more.
"Various different groups have also been accused of extortion and of looting private and public property, including health care facilities and humanitarian offices, and warehouses. Some 37,000 people have already fled the country to escape the violence, with tens of thousands more displaced internally. The current state of lawlessness must not be allowed to continue. The rule of law must be restored and perpetrators of abuses held accountable. Those carrying out serious crimes, and especially their leaders, should bear in mind that they may be held individually criminally responsible. We urge the newly established National Transitional Council to move quickly to restore the authority of the State and to take all necessary measures to ensure that civilians are protected."
The High Commissioner has also condemned the looting of the offices and warehouses of humanitarian aid agencies, saying it has disrupted a vital lifeline for thousands of civilians.
Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio Geneva.