"Local and foreign armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) are still killing, abducting, torturing and raping civilians, as well as burning houses and looting property, Amnesty International said in a report released on the 20th of october.
The report ‘Central African Republic - Action needed to end decades of abuse’ describes how people in the CAR have been terrorised for decades by armed groups which operate without being held to account. Despite peace agreements and a fledgling disarmament, demobilisation and re-integration process, armed conflict continues to ravage the country resulting in civilian deaths and mass internal displacement. Amnesty International’s Central Africa researcher, Godfrey Byaruhanga said:
“The CAR covers an enormous territory and most of it is a black hole in terms of human rights. At least 14 armed groups are currently operating in the country yet the government has consistently shown itself to be incapable or unwilling to take action to protect its citizens. “Grave human rights violations, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity, are committed with appalling frequency but the justice vacuum that exists in the country means there’s no end in sight.” (Amnesty)
Read the report here:http://www.amnesty.org.uk/uploads/documents/doc_21996.pdf