Human Rights Council to hold special session on Central African Republic

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Leopold Ismael Samba

The deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic was addressed by the UN Human Rights Council at its organizational session in Geneva on Monday.

The council expressed the need to hold a special session at the beginning of 2014 to address the human rights situation in the country.

The Permanent Representative of the Central African Republic Leopold Ismael Samba highlighted the fact the country was going through a very grave crisis.

According to the Spokesperson for the Human Rights Council Rolando Gomez, the ambassador noted that despite the intervention by France, the country was still facing several challenges and was far from emerging from the crisis.

“The ambassador called on the council to convene a special session in January to address the human rights situation in the country amidst the ongoing conflict. Other speakers echoed this call in particular the Africa group which also called on the international community to support the humanitarian efforts currently underway in the country. The United States, European Union and France also took the floor and they called on the council to speed up the process of appointing the Independent Expert on the Central African Republic which was based on a decision of the Council at its last session.”

The representative of the Central African Republic supported the holding of a special session in January, as well as the deployment of independent experts which he said was now more urgent to shed light on the actions of the perpetrators of the violations that were currently being committed.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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