The UN Security Council is expected to vote today on a resolution creating the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full transfer of authority from the current African Union forces of the International Support Mission to Central Africa (MISCA) to the new UN force will take place in September this year.
The vote on the resolution, expected around 10:00 EDT / 14:00 GMT today, will pave the way for the deployment of a 12,000-strong force once the transfer of authority takes place. As the new peacekeeping operation will be in existence since the date of adoption of the resolution, civilian personnel and other assets should start operating or be in place immediately.
Christian Mukosa, Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International, will be available for comment on the outcome of the vote and the international community’s response to the dire human rights crisis in CAR.
Since the escalation of violence in CAR in December 2013, Amnesty International experts have made three separate trips to the country as well as to refugee camps in neighbouring Chad. The organization continues to monitor the situation and has previously reported the mass ethnic cleansing of the country’s Muslim population as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetrated against civilians. On Tuesday around 30 people, mostly civilians, were reportedly killed in fighting between the mostly Muslim Seleka and the mainly Christians anti-balaka militias in the central town of Dekoa.
View Amnesty International’s latest briefing on Central African Republic (9 April 2014)
For more information and to arrange an interview please contact:
Christian Mukosa +44 (0) 7961 421 541 or [email protected]
Africa Press Officer at the International Secretariat on +44 (0) 20 74135729 / +44 (0) 7799650791 or [email protected]