30 May 2014

Africa: Central African Republic - Worrying Upsurge in Violence in Bangui

Photo: Marcus Bleasdale/VII for Human Rights Watch
Machetes are confiscated by FOMAC (Multinational Force of Central Africa) troops as those displaced by the fighting between anti-Balaka and Seleka forces enter the FOMAC compound for safety (file photo).

press release

Bangui/Geneva — Following the recent upsurge in violence in Bangui over the past few days, the International Committee of the Red Cross calls on all sides to respect the right to life of all civilians, including the sick and wounded.

"We are very worried about the current situation in Bangui," explained Jürg Eglin, head of the ICRC delegation in the Central African Republic. "The life and dignity of civilians must be respected and protected at all times."

The ICRC has medical teams in Bangui Community Hospital to care for the wounded.

"We must be allowed to evacuate sick and wounded people, and collect the bodies of the dead, in complete safety and without hindrance," said Jürg Eglin. "We call on all weapon bearers to allow the ICRC access to carry on our neutral and impartial work."

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