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Central African Republic spirals into new crisis

Three years after armed groups in the Central African Republic signed a ceasefire agreement, more than one million people are displaced. “The number of families uprooted from their homes has increased to a level we have not witnessed since the peak of the conflict in 2014,” warned Eric Batonon, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). More than 100,000 people have fled their homes in the Central African Republic since April, due to renewed fighting in several parts of the country. Over 534,000 people are now displaced within the…

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Pope’s historic visit to Central African Republic (CAR) must address sectarian conflict

pope In AfricaAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PRESS RELEASE
27 November 2015

 

Central African Republic (CAR) must seize the historic opportunity that Pope Francis’ two-day visit presents to place human rights and justice at the heart of national reconciliation efforts, Amnesty International said today.

At least 75 people have been killed, many of them civilians, in a fresh wave of sectarian violence in the capital Bangui since 26 September 2015.

“The Pope has a real opportunity to call for the protection of civilians of all faiths and use his great moral authority to help reduce the tension that has recently resulted in deadly violence,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International’s Central Africa Researcher.

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CAR: Unprotected Muslims forced to abandon religion

Central African republicMuslims returning to ethnically-cleansed areas of western CAR have in some cases been forced to abandon their religion, said Amnesty International in a report published today.

The report, “Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central African Republic”, reveals how Muslims who have returned to their homes in large parts of western CAR following the 2014 killing spree and mass forced displacement are barred by armed anti-balaka militia from practicing or manifesting their religion in public. Some have been forcibly converted to Christianity on the threat of death.

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Central African Republic: New Constitution should leave no space for impunity

Central african RepublicAuthorities in Central African Republic should amend clauses in a proposed new constitution that could undermine the fight against impunity, Amnesty International said ahead of a national reconciliation forum in Bangui.

In an open letter to delegates attending the Bangui Forum starting on 4 May, the organisation warns that the current draft constitution could allow any serving president immunity from prosecution for all charges except “high treason”. Likewise former presidents could be exempt due to their honorary membership of the Constitutional Court.

 

“Amnesties and immunities only perpetuate the cycle of conflict and injustice. The current draft constitution should be amended to recognize that everyone, no matter their position, can be held accountable for crimes under international law,” said Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

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CAR: Key Step Toward Justice Get New Special Criminal Court Up and Running

(Bangui, April 24, 2015) – The Central African Republic’s National Transitional Council has taken decisive action for justice for the victims of atrocities by adopting a law to establish a Special Criminal Court within the national justice system, 23 Central African and international human rights organizations said today.

The draft law, which the government sent to the transitional parliament on February 6, 2015, was adopted by an overwhelming majority on April 22 during a plenary session. The special court will investigate and prosecute those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic since 2003.

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Central African Republic: UN credibility at stake amid rising attacks against civilians

Central african RepublicThe UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic must take bold measures to protect civilians amid an escalating wave of sectarian attacks in the central regions of the country, said Amnesty International after visiting some of the most affected areas.

Despite the deployment of a new UN peacekeeping mission on 15 September, dozens of civilians, including several children, have been killed and thousands more displaced in recent weeks.

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French journalist Camille Lepage killed in CAR

Ms Lepage had been working in CAR for several months French photojournalist Camille Lepage has been murdered while working in the Central African Republic, presidential officials in Paris say. The body of Ms Lepage, 26, was found when a French patrol stopped a car driven by Christian anti-balaka militia in the Bouar region, a statement said. She had reportedly been travelling near the CAR border with Cameroon when she became caught up in fighting. Camille Lepage’s work has been widely published, including by the BBC. She had also worked for…

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Muslims Leave Central African Republic Capital Under Escort

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Peacekeeping troops escorted about 1,300 Muslims out of Bangui on Sunday, setting off looting and removing one of the last pockets of Muslims from the capital of a nation torn apart by religious violence. That strife also flared in an attack that killed at least 22 people about 280 miles north of Bangui on Saturday, including 15 local chiefs and three local staff members of the charity Médecins Sans Frontières. Gilles Xavier Nguembassa, a former member of Parliament for the area, said most died in…

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Three MSF Staff Among 16 Civilians Killed at Central African Republic Hospital

AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK, April 28, 2014 – Sixteen civilians, including three national staff members of the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), were killed during an armed robbery on MSF hospital grounds in the northern town of Boguila in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday, April 26. The incident occurred when armed ex-Seleka members surrounded Boguila’s hospital grounds, where a meeting was taking place with forty community leaders invited by MSF to discuss medical access and care. MSF strongly condemns the unprovoked killing of unarmed civilians…

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CAR refugees in Chad: “What’s happening right now is unacceptable”

  “It is critical to recognise that the vast majority of these persons have fled violent situations in order to save their own lives” SARAH CHATEAUHEAD OF MISSION, CHAD 18.03.2014 Refugees fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) have to endure a long and torturous journey to escape the violence in their home country. Unfortunately once they reach Chad, their struggles continue.  Bitoye Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been in Bitoye for the past three weeks, setting up a primary health facility in the small town of 10,000 which has…

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