People of Central African Republic need police protection

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Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

People in conflict-torn Central African Republic are in need of police protection, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Navi Pillay spoke to reporters on Tuesday after briefing the Security Council about human rights issues in conflict areas around the world.

She said African-led international force in the country (MISCA) and French forces were initially protecting civilians from Seleka militias who were seen as supporting the Muslims.

Ms. Pillay said now about 80 per cent of the Muslim population has been forcibly displaced and during her recent visit she saw their houses and shops that have been totally destroyed by Christian militias known as Anti-Balaka.

"The forces now regard the Anti-Balaka group as criminal and are dealing with them. I think that there is a need for reinforcement and I hope that the Security Council does proceed with establishing a peacekeeping mission there. In all the villages, I should says, they told us that they want gendarme. They want police. So if this peacekeeping mission includes 2,000 police, which is what the Secretary-General is recommending, then that would be of immediate help to them." (31")

The UN human rights chief said the Security Council is concerned about the sectarian violence in the Central African Republic.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’21″

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