UN envoy reports widespread human rights violations in Central African Republic

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Babacar Gaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic.

The overall situation in the Central African Republic is "highly volatile and unpredictable, although there has been some progress on the political front."

That's what the top United Nations envoy in the country, Babacar Gaye, said during his briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday.

The Central African Republic is facing a crisis which started when the Seleka rebel alliance captured the capital, Bangui, and ousted President Francois Bozize in March last year.

Babacar Gaye said the security situation has slightly improved in Bangui but there is still a total absence of the rule of law nationwide.

"Lootings of people's properties, plundering, kidnapping, torturing, (and) killing still continue. For example a so-called 'Ramadan tax' was paid by local people in the provinces. On 9 August, armed men, suspected of being Seleka elements robbed a local supermarket in broad daylight and kidnapped the owners. In addition, human rights violations have become widespread, further compounded by the breakdown of law and order, particularly in the provinces where Seleka elements continue to prey on the civilian population." (29")

Babacar Gaye said the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic has reached unprecedented levels with 4.6 million people facing a dire crisis.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1’27″

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