Climate of impunity reigns in CAR, warns UN Rights agency

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Central African Republic (Credit: OCHA/C. Illemassene)

A climate of complete impunity reigns in the Central African Republic (CAR), warns the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Anti-Balaka militants, a term used to refer to Christian militias, are reportedly extorting money from small businesses and individuals.

They have also been claiming responsibility for the crimes and murders they have committed.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), says such brazen admissions were encouraging more people to resort to violence.

"We are also concerned that some members of the National Transitional Council itself had made public statements within parliament which could instigate inter-communal violence. A number of MPs for example reportedly stated that the brutal lynching of a man on 5 February, during which his body was dismembered and burnt by the members of the army, the FARCA, was justified, which clearly it was not."

OHCHR is working with various parties to try to re-start the judicial process in Bangui towards combating the pervasive impunity in the country.

The agency has also welcomed the preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the crimes committed in recent months in the Central African Republic.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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