UN envoy suggests sanctions against rebel coalition in CAR

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Internally displaced people in the Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA/Laura Fultang

The Security Council has been asked to consider sanctions against the rebel group that has seized power in the Central African Republic (CAR).

UN envoy Margaret Vogt on Wednesday briefed Council members on the indiscriminate killing, rape, assault, looting and other violations committed by the Séléka coalition.

She reported that there is a growing sense of despair among citizens in the CAR who see no immediate reprieve to their ordeal.

"It is critical that the Council unequivocally pronounces itself on the need for these abuses to be stopped now and for perpetrators to be individually held accountable for their actions. We believe that the time is ripe for this Council to consider the imposition of individual sanctions against the architects and perpetrators of these gross violations. We do not want a desperate population to be left with no choice but to take the law into their own hands."

Vogt said the insecurity in the CAR also appears to be threatening neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad and Cameroon.

The Séléka rebellion was launched in December 2012, and followed by a coup d'etat this March.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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