UN condemns reprisals call in volatile CAR
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