Human Rights Council focuses on Central African Republic

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Adama Dieng

Human rights experts are due to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic with a special session on Monday of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Last week, the UN said there was a real chance of genocide occurring in the country, as inter-communal violence continues between Christians and Muslims.

Adama Dieng, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide was recently in the Central African Republic.

He said that in order to avoid a deterioration in the situation it was important for the UN to build a firm presence in the country.

"Not only would the situation be secure, but at the same time effort will be made to help the Central African people build new institutions, because unless rule of law is there, unless you have democratic country, we will face certainly again a cycle of violence in the Central African Republic."

More than 900,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.

The UN estimates that around 2.6 million people, more than half the population, are in need of assistance.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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