Central African Republic: Lack of Justice Over War Crimes Fuels Spiralling Violence - Amnesty


Central African Republic: Lack of Justice Over War Crimes Fuels Spiralling Violence - Amnesty
  1. Central African Republic: Lack of Justice Over War Crimes Fuels Spiralling Violence - Amnesty
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    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Dozens of people suspected of committing war crimes have avoided investigation and arrest, and some live alongside victims in nation divided along ethnic and religious…
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Dakar — Dozens of people suspected of committing war crimes have avoided investigation and arrest, and some live alongside victims in nation divided along ethnic and religious lines

Perpetrators of war crimes including murder and rape in Central African Republic are going unpunished and fuelling worsening violence in the country, Amnesty International said on Wednesday as it called for funds to rebuild the national justice system.

Dozens of people suspected of committing war crimes and other rights abuses have avoided investigation and arrest, and some are living alongside their victims in a nation divided along ethnic and religious lines, the human rights group said.

"The national justice system is on its knees. It was weak prior to the conflict and collapsed in 2013," Amnesty researcher Ilaria Allegrozzi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

"Thousands of victims of human rights abuses are still waiting for justice to be served, while individuals who have committed horrific crimes like murder and rape roam free."

Central African Republic has been plagued by conflict since March 2013, when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, sparking a backlash from Christian anti-balaka militias.

Despite a February election seen as a step toward reconciliation, Amnesty said a lack of justice had contributed to an increase in violent clashes in recent months.

Few courts are running outside of the capital Bangui, and just eight out of 35 prisons in the country are functional, with poor security resulting in several prison breaks, Amnesty said.

The country's U.N. peacekeeping mission, which civilians say does not do enough to protect them from armed groups, has helped authorities arrest 384 people for crimes linked to the conflict between September 2014 and October 2016, the report said.

Yet this figures includes only a handful of high-profile individuals suspected of having committed the most…

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