In what it termed a “brutal” attack, the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) today condemned the killing of dozens of displaced people at the site of Saint Joseph Cathedral and the Bishop’s residence in Bambari.
As many as 6,000 people are believed to have been taking shelter at the church, according to media reports. On 7 July, rebels purportedly entered the site and killed at least 27 people, including women and children.
The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) “condemns in the strongest possible terms all acts of violence,” a UN spokesperson said in New York.
The UN Mission remains actively engaged in efforts to end the violence and strongly encourages all parties to lay down they arms and engage in political and reconciliation processes aimed at putting a sustainable end to the cycle of violence in the country, he added.
Perpetrators of serious human rights abuses in the Central African Republicmust be brought to justice as part of efforts to end months of violence, according to Amnesty International.
There’s a climate of impunity that prevents judicial authorities from starting criminal investigations even if sufficient evidence is available, the London, U.K.-based rights group said in a report today. Lawyers, judges and prosecutors are afraid to resume work as neither the transitional government that assumed office in January nor an intervention force of almost 8,000 African and French troops has been able to protect people from attacks by armed militia, it said.