Hundreds killed as CAR warlords go unpunished

carFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE sloth in setting up a special court could see perpetrators of war crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR) go unprosecuted.
The fear comes in the wake of latest revelations armed groups have killed hundreds civilians with wholesale impunity and spurring more violence in the war-torn country.
A new report released on Tuesday presents a comprehensive account of war crimes committed in three central provinces since late 2014, including more than 560 civilian deaths and the destruction of more than 4 200 homes.
Reports by the Human Rights Watch detail nearly 120 attacks in Nana-Grébizi, Ouham, and Ouaka provinces.
It s feared the full number is higher.
The crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Special Criminal Court (SCC), a new judicial body that, when operational, will investigate and prosecute grave human rights violations and war crimes in the country since 2003.
However, progress in setting up the SCC has been slow.
The SCC faces steep challenges given continued insecurity in the country and the weak state of the country’s justice system.
The court is also in dire need of funding.
Overall, a weak just system gas resulted in perpetrators terrorise civilians at will without fear of punishment.
“Scores of commanders who bear criminal responsibility for atrocities, some identified by name, may never face justice,” rights advocate, Lewis Mudge, said.
A peace deal government and 14 armed groups signed late June has failed to regain elusive peace.
A day after the signing, groups of Christian militants and Muslim radicals clashed leaving over 100 people dead in Bria.
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