The situation in the Central African Republic has been characterized by a total breakdown in law an order. Grave human rights violations reported include sexual and gender-based violence, torture, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrest and detention, recruitment and use of child soldiers, as well as widespread and destruction of homes and places of worship and large scale killings of civilians. Because of these conditions the OCHA estimates that as of the 7th of January there were 935.000 internally displaced persons in the country. In addition nearly half of the country’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations and humanitarian organizations. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, gave an introductory statement during the session where these and other aspects of the serious human rights situation in the CAR were highlighted.
Norway also co-sponsored the resolution that the Human Rights Council passed this Monday and that appointed Ms. Marie Therese Keita Bocoum from the Ivory Coast as the first UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the country. The immediate operationalization of her mandate was requested as well as the cooperation with relevant human rights mechanisms.
The expert was requested to undertake an urgent visit to the Central African Republic and to make an update of the situation at the 25th session of the Human Rights Council in March and submit a preliminary report to the Council at 26th session pursuant to the Council’s resolution 24/34.
Read the entire Norwegian statement here.