UN political chief calls for end of abuses in Central African Republic

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Ruined and abandoned house in the northern Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Anthony Morland

The head of the UN Department of Political Affairs has appealed for urgent efforts to establish security and stop abuses against civilians in the Central African Republic.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, made the appeal in the capital, Bangui during his visit to the country on Monday.

He reiterated international calls for a full return to constitutional rule in the Central African Republic which is now under the Séléka rebels who overthrew the government last month.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"Mr. Feltman said he was visiting the country to express the grave concern of the United Nations about the deteriorating security and human rights situation there and to convey solidarity with the people who are suffering and extremely vulnerable at this moment. The Under-Secretary-General spoke following a day of meetings in the capital, Bangui, including with representatives of political parties and civil society." (23")

There have been reports of serious human rights violations in the Central African Republic recently, including killings, rapes, looting, indiscriminate shelling and recruitment of child soldiers.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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