UN chief strongly condemns human rights abuses in Central African RepublicListen /
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the acts of violence perpetrated by the Séléka rebels who took over the Central African Republic last month.
The Secretary-General says he is greatly concerned about the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the continued grave violations of human rights across the country.
These violations, he adds, include killings, rapes, looting, indiscriminate shelling and recruitment of child soldiers.
Martin Nesirky is the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General in New York.
"The Secretary-General is alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country. He strongly condemns the Séléka movement's acts of violence against the civilian population and urges the de facto authorities to restore law and order throughout the country and to ensure the protection of civilians. The Secretary-General further calls on the Economic Community of Central African States and the African Union to take immediate and urgent measures to address the gravity of the security situation with the assistance of the international community." (33")
The Secretary-General stresses that the perpetrators of human rights violations in the Central African Republic must be held individually accountable for their actions.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.