Investigation Shows Horror of Conflict and Violence in CAR

The authorities in the Central African Republic must protect civilians and launch independent judicial investigations into abuses and human rights violations carried out by armed groups and security forces, rights group Amnesty International (AI) has said. AI says testimonies, satellite imagery and photographic analysis can confirm the killing of 14 people in Bambari and the capital Bangui. Ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections on December 27, 2020, a coalition of six armed groups - the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) - tried to stop the elections taking place. Since December 17, the CPC launched a series of attacks against several towns, occupying them. Central African armed forces, supported by foreign troops and United Nations peacekeepers, clashed with the CPC as they attempted to free the occupied towns.

UN forces in CAR (file photo).

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