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[Press Release] Central African Republic: FIACAT and ACAT CAR call for the safety and security of individuals to be guaranteed and for a return to the constitutional order

March 2013

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Paris, Bangui, 27 March 2013 - Since the Seleka took control of Bangui on Sunday, 24 March and overthrew the Bozizé Government, ACAT CAR has witnessed numerous human rights violations. FIACAT and ACAT CAR call for immediate guarantees for the safety and security of individuals and a return to the constitutional order.

The security situation is still highly unstable in the capital of the Central African Republic. FIACAT and ACAT CAR are extremely concerned by the human rights violations committed since Bangui was seized on Sunday, 24 March by Seleka forces. ACAT CAR has witnessed numerous cases of looting and violence: members of Seleka going from house to house and seizing the inhabitants’ property. Some female victims of the looting were threatened with rape.

FIACAT and ACAT CAR call for an immediate stop to the looting and human rights violations in Bangui. They urge the transition authorities to restore as soon as possible the institutions provided for in the Central African Constitution.

FIACAT calls on the Seleka forces to respect the Libreville Agreements, signed on 11 January 2013, which aim in particular to strengthen “the rule of law, good political, economic and social governance and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

Press contact:
- FIACAT: Guillaume Colin – g.colin@fiacat.org – +33 (0)1 42 80 01 60
- ACAT RCA: Bruno Hiacynthe Gbiegba – acat_rca@yahoo.fr – +236 72 50 72 27

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