UN con­demns reprisals call in volatile CAR

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS -

BANGUI: A state­ment by a mil­i­tant Chris­tian group pro­mot­ing vi­o­lence against com­mu­ni­ties has co­in­cided with an in­crease in hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in the con­flict-torn Cen­tral African Repub­lic (CAR).

The dec­la­ra­tion is at­trib­uted to the so-called League of De­fence of the Church, which ap­pears to be mo­bil­is­ing in re­ac­tion to the re­cent killing of Chris­tian lead­ers by Mus­lim rad­i­cals.

The UN Mul­ti­di­men­sional In­te­grated Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Mis­sion in CAR (Mi­nusca) said it had since ver­i­fied and doc­u­mented 69 in­ci­dents of abuse and vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights over the past week.

Armed groups are blamed for the ma­jor­ity of abuses af­fect­ing at least 139 vic­tims in the cap­i­tal Bangui and other ar­eas.

Mi­nusca spokesper­son Vladimir Mon­teiro con­demned the call and ap­pealed to the pop­u­la­tion to re­sist ma­nip­u­la­tion that could lead to fur­ther vi­o­lence.

Armed Chris­tian mili­tias and Mus­lim rad­i­cals con­trol al­most the en­tire CAR and are fu­elling con­flict along eth­nic lines. – CAJ

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