UN report documents hundreds of rapes and murders in CAR

First human rights report of UN mission MINUSCA reveals nearly 800 cases of rape, murder and torture in Central African Republic within an 8 month period

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Photo by: AFP

Senegalese soldiers from MINUSCA (United Nations Mission in Central African Republic) seen patrolling the area where gunfire erupted following protests in the capital Bangui on December 10, 2015

The United Nations mission MINUSCA said on Friday that at least 785 people have been affected by 775 cases of violations and abuses within an 8 month period in 2014.

Parliamentary elections will be held on December 27 in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) in the hope of ending the religious conflict between Muslims and Christians in the country which has been ongoing for two years.

The country was plunged into chaos when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian country in March 2013, toppling President Francois Bozize. Seleka's rule was impaired by abuses that prompted a backlash from the mostly Christian Anti-Balaka militia.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have fled to a northern enclave still controlled by the Seleka, fleeing Anti-balaka attacks and effectively splitting the country in two along religious lines.

"Serious challenges remain given the lack of progress towards the disarmament of armed groups and the absence of a functioning state authority in much of the territory," noted the 25-page report.

Those worst affected by the conflict are the 450,000 internally displaced people living beyond the reach of UN peacekeepers. 

Violence and abuses rose between Sept. 15, 2014, and May 31, while more than 130 people are reported to have been killed since last September.

The UN said 24 arrests have been made based on the information obtained from the report while Musa Gassama, the director of MINUSCA's human rights division, said there was impunity for abuses in the unstable country and called for change.

TRTWorld and agencies