Abuses By Armed Groups May Be Crimes – UN

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The UN says abuses committed by successive governments and armed groups in Central African Republic from 2003 to 2015 may constitute crimes against humanity.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a 368-paged report on Tuesday, documented litany of killing, rape, mutilation, pillage and torture .

The report which was based on more than 1,200 confidential and open sources, is meant to help authorities identify cases as they establish a Special Criminal Court to try the worst crimes committed in the landlocked, isolated nation.

“The point is to send a signal, particularly to the ‘big fish’ … that we have documented their crimes and will continue to document their crimes,” Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights said.

Repeated political crises in CAR have fueled conflict since 2003.

The most recent violence erupted in 2013…

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