Central African Republic violence may be war crime says UN

After upsurge in violence in Central African Republic UN Security Council says attacks may be war crimes

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Soldiers patrol the city of Bangui in Central African Republic.

Updated Oct 21, 2015

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday shared its deep concern about the recent increase in violence and inconsistency in the Central African Republic (CAR).

UN Security Council also condemned the situation and stated that the attacks may be war crimes.

"Some of these attacks may constitute war crimes and that those responsible for all abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law must be held accountable," council said.

Fatau Bensouda, a prosecutor for the International Criminal Court who has been investigating crimes committed in Central African Republic since 2012, has stated that "Those who incite or commit atrocity crimes must be held accountable."

The Security Council reiterated its decision to seize the assets and apply travel bans on those undermining peace in the Central African Republic.

The council wants the country's transitional government to start an investigation, find the perpetrators and send them to prison.

The violence has postponed the October 18 elections, the transitional government has said that it expects the voting will take place at the end of the year. 

The Security Council noted the number of people who had registered to vote and said "The critical importance and urgency of holding the constitutional referendum and first rounds of presidential and legislative elections by the end of 2015, in a free, fair and transparent manner."

Crisis occurred in the capital of Bangui on September 26, when unrest between the residents of PK5 in Bangui’s 3rd district and the residents from the 5th district escalated, after the death of a young Muslim taxi motorcyclist. Many people died and were injured during the clashes.

Furthermore, thousands of people are reported to have escaped from the area and some houses and neighbourhoods were burned, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“I am extremely concerned about the high number of people killed during these clashes, as well as the number of people injured, houses burned and by this new wave of displacement. This renewed situation represents a big step backwards on the return plan for internally displaced persons; set-up by the Humanitarian Country Team” said the Interim Humanitarian Coordinator, Marc Vandenberghe.

TRTWorld and agencies