Paris, Bangui, 18 April 2013 – FIACAT and ACAT CAR are concerned at the increasingly worrying human rights situation in the Central African Republic since the coup d’état on 24 March 2013.
Planned and targeted human rights violations have become widespread, both in Bangui and in provincial towns, which have witnessed murders, the rape of women and young girls, acts of torture and mistreatment, looting, arbitrary arrests and extortion. These violations have been committed by factions of the Séléka.
FIACAT and ACAT CAR are also concerned at the creation of a Higher Transitional Council, by decree of the transitional government on 6 April, without any prior consultations. This body will be mandated by decree to elect the President of the Republic for an 18-month term of office, to draw up a provisional draft constitution and to exercise legislative powers. FIACAT and ACAT CAR regret that the composition of the Higher Transitional Council is not in the spirit of the Libreville Accord of January 2013 or the recommendations of the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) held in N’djamena on 3 April 2013. They are disappointed that the transitional government unilaterally changed the list of civil society representatives.
FIACAT and ACAT CAR are therefore calling on the President of the Republic, the Minister of Defence and the Government of National Unity:
to take urgent action to ensure the security of people and property and to open judicial proceedings against the perpetrators of these atrocities;
to immediately disarm the Séléka factions and confine them to barracks;
to reconstitute the Higher Transitional Council in line with the undertakings made at Libreville in January 2013 and at N’Djamena in April.
FIACAT and ACAT CAR are also calling on FOMAC and the French forces in the Central African Republic to protect all civilian populations and to organise joint patrols to ensure the sacurity of people and property throughout the country.