Failure to prosecute fuels CAR bloodshed

Central African RepublicFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – A deeply-entrenched culture of impunity denying justice to victims and failure to prosecute perpetrators are blamed for the death of 5 000 civilians in the civil war in Central African Republic.
A coalition of civil society organisations reported they had documented the killings as of March 2017 as well as the displacement of over 460 000 people who had fled and become refugees in neighbouring countries such as Chad, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which are going through problems of their own.
Some 426 000 victims have been internally displaced in CAR.
This week, civil society organisations came together under the Justice Now, to ensure authorities in CAR do not neglect the vast scale of human suffering and distress that thousands and thousands of victims have faced during this conflict.
“The perpetrators of heinous crimes, including rape and killings, have roamed free for too long. They must be held to account if the authorities are to move from words to action,” said Olivia Tchamba, spokesperson of the organisers.
Since renewed violence broke out in CAR in 2013, rights groups have reported crimes under international law committed across the country by all parties to the conflict, mostly the anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka armed groups.
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