Central African Republic: Civilians bear the brunt of decades of violence and abuses

Report
October 20, 2011

Central African Republic: Civilians bear the brunt of decades of violence and abuses


In mid-October 2011, the US Government announced that it was sending troops to support Ugandan forces deal with the LRA, while the French government reiterated its support for CAR government forces. Amnesty International believes that coordination between these countries, and a more holistic approach to tackling the armed elements operating in the CAR and the wider sub-region, is essential to address the gross human rights violations ongoing in the CAR.

Foreign governments must ensure that any military support does not lead to further human rights abuses. LRA commanders who have been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) should, if arrested or captured, be handed over to the Court.

Amnesty International is calling on the African Union, through its Peace and Security Council, to take the lead to coordinate measures to build a coalition of governments and inter-governmental organisations for the purpose of protecting and promoting human rights in the CAR.