UN warns of worsening security in Central Africa Republic

A UN spokesperson said targeted assassinations had occurred in Bangui.

The United Nations, UN, human rights office has warned of worsening security in the capital of the Central African Republic, CAR; and is working to restart the country’s judicial system, a spokesperson has said.

Martin Nesirky, the spokesperson at a regular briefing at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, noted that targeted assassinations, increased violence and criminality on the streets were reported in Bangui and “is particularly worried about the climate of complete impunity in the country’’.

He said that a member of the National Transitional Council of the CAR was assassinated on Sunday in front of his residence in broad daylight, and houses of some ministers, including that of the former Minister of Justice, were looted.

Mr. Nesirky said that the UN human rights staff in the CAR also conducted a mission to Boda, a town west of Bangui, where 92 people were reportedly killed in the past two weeks in attacks on religious grounds.

The office has been working with partners to try to restart the judicial process in Bangui to combat the pervasive impunity. It also called for respect of human rights of all people in the country, Nesirky said.

The crisis in the CAR which began when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels launched attacks a year ago, has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones.

Last December, the UN Security Council authorised the deployment of French and African troops to restore order in Bangui.

After the resignation of the transitional government, the CAR installed a caretaker government last month in a bid to pull the turmoil-torn country out of crisis and organise general elections by February 2015.


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