Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

CAR refugees

Published on: 17 January, 2021

The number of people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic has doubled in just a week to nearly 60,000, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.
The UN mission MINUSCA confirmed on Wednesday the death of one of its peacekeepers, and another one wounded after its forces were targeted. Armed groups in the CAR launched two attacks Wednesday on the outskirts of the capital Bangui.
Federal soldiers, UN peacekeepers, Rwandan and Russian troops repelled the attacks, the government said. The US embassy warned its staff to shelter in place.
Militia control two-thirds of CAR, a legacy of the civil war that followed the toppling of former president Francois Bozize in 2013.

The latest trouble started in the run-up to the DEC 27 election, as several militias tried to disrupt the poll. The government claims they are allied to Bozize. He’s denied the allegations.

Provisional figures show incumbent Faustin-Archange Touadera won the DEC vote with 53.9%. Runner-up Anicet Georges Dologuele has labeled the vote a ‘farce’.

CAR’s Constitutional Court is due to rule on the results and an opposition challenge to them on January 19th.