Updating the Council on events since President Faustin-Archange Touadéra announced the unilateral ceasefire last October, Special Representative Mankeur Ndiaye – who also heads the Union Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission United Nations in this country (MINUSCA) – warns that “the security situation remains worrisome”.
In some territories, military operations are underway against armed groups, especially the Patriots for Change, he said.
In turn, these militias are carrying out retaliation against both the national security forces and the population.
Sexual violence and child recruitment
While noting progress in regaining control of territory formerly occupied by armed groups, Mr Ndiaye denounced violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that continue to be practiced. by all parties to the conflict.
These include the excessive use of force against certain communities, gender-based sexual violence, and the recruitment, abuse and use of children by armed groups.
In that context, MINUSCA The police chief urged the Central African authorities to conduct the necessary investigations, prosecute the perpetrators and bring justice to the victims.
UN official continues to outline positive steps towards restoring peace and stability, following adoption of CAR’s Common map for peace on 16 October, including a visit to Bangui on 14 January by representatives of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.
He called on the Government to show more commitment to keep progress going, including through the adoption of clear monitoring mechanisms and timetables.
Mention MINUSCA’s proactive role in facilitating the peace process – such as helping to loosen the political deadlock and restore the atmosphere of trust that has led to the return of the opposition democracy for the National Dialogue Organization Committee – he stressed that the process needs to be revived through an additional role for 2019 Treaty of Khartoum and was recently passed General road map.
Hope for justice
The UN Special Representative also welcomed the organization of the first hearing of the Special Criminal Courtemphasizes the importance of being independent and unbiased to carry out one’s duties.