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4 June 2014
On 2 June, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that African Union peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo who are stationed in the Central African Republic have been accused of committing human rights abuses, including torture, killings and detentions. The allegations were made by witnesses, local officials and residents who were interviewed during an investigation by HRW. (more…)
Source: Reuters | African Union peacekeepers accused of abuses in Central African Republic: HRW
16 April 2014
On 10 April, the United Nations Security Council issued a resolution that establishes the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), consisting of 10,000 troops and 2,000 police forces. The peacekeepers are authorised to use all necessary means in order to protect the civilian population. Furthermore, the Council requested that the Secretary General incorporate the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) into MINUSCA. (more…)
Source: UN News Centre | World must help people of Central African Republic ‘not tomorrow – today,’ declares UN chief
Source: UN News Centre | Security Council establishes UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic
Source: The Washington Post | Central African Republic needs immediate help
Source: The New York Times | U.N. to Send Peacekeepers to Central African Republic
18 February 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for solidarity and concerted action by the United Nations and regional organisations to help the people of Central African Republic (CAR), warning that ‘dark clouds of mass atrocities’ are looming over the nation.
Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in the conflict in the CAR. The conflict has also left an estimated 2.5 million people – well over half of the country’s 4.6 million residents – in need of humanitarian assistance.
Ban Ki-Moon said: ‘[o]ur commitment to protect civilians is only as meaningful as the political, military and financial muscle deployed to defend them’ and that ‘[t]his will be a crucial opportunity to fortify our collective efforts – a chance to show that cooperation between the UN, AU, EU and others can help the people of the CAR at their time of need.’
Source: UN News Centre | Central African Republic ‘urgent test’ for UN, regional partners, Security Council told
29 January 2014
The Security Council Resolution 2134 extended the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office (BINUCA) mandate in the Central African Republic through 31 January 2015. Additionally, the Security Council ordered the authorisation of EU troops to use force, travel bans, and asset freezes to a currently existing arms embargo. Such decision was a result of the ‘continuing deterioration of the security situation in the CAR’ and the ‘total breakdown in law and order, the absence of the rule of law, religiously motivated targeted killings and arson.’ (more…)
Source: UN News Centre | Security Council authorizes EU force, new sanctions regime in Central African Republic
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23 January 2014
The Council of the European Union ‘reached political agreement on a future CSDP military operation’ in Central African Republic (CAR) on 20 January 2014.
The operation will provide support to the African Union-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA). It will be composed of 500 troops and last for a period of up to 6 months.
Source: Council of the European Union | Press Release | Council conclusions on the Central African Republic | 20 January 2014
Source: The Independent | EU to deploy 500 troops in Central African Republic following ‘genocide’ warning