CAR's state institutions could collapse: human rights expert

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UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović.

State institutions throughout the Central African Republic are "close to collapse," according to United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović.

Šimonović warned on Thursday that the state does not exist outside the capital of Bangui – there is no rule of law, there are no police or social services and the people live in constant fear.

The decades of instability and fighting in the country have destroyed the justice system and social services. The court system as well as its archives and civil registries have been destroyed, making it difficult for the country to hold free and fair elections, said the human rights expert.

The UN official said the relatively inclusive transitional government which has been set up remains very weak. He also expressed his concern about the high rate of sexual violence in the country and urged the international community not to forget the Central African Republic.

He made his comments following a four day visit to the country.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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