Central African Republic; HRW accuses Seleka of mass killings

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Human Rights Watch
(Johannesburg) – Members of the Seleka rebel coalition, which overthrew President François Bozizé of the Central African Republic on March 24, 2013, have targeted and killed at least 40 civilians, and intentionally destroyed 34 villages or towns since February. Human Rights Watch researchers in early June found extensive evidence of rampant abuses in largely rural areas outside the capital, Bangui.

The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) will submit a report on the situation in Central African Republic to the UN Security Council before June 30 for a discussion at the UN Security Council in the coming weeks. The Security Council should consider options to reinforce peacekeeping outside of Banguiand adopt individual sanctions against Seleka leaders responsible for serious human rights violations. The Security Council should also demandfull cooperation from transition authorities for the ongoing fact-finding mission, mandated by the UN Human Rights…

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