UK Gov Issues Statement on Central African Republic at UN HRC52

Thank you, Mr President.

The United Kingdom remains deeply concerned by increases in the number of human rights violations and abuses in the Central African Republic. Reports have highlighted that Central African Armed Forces and Wagner Group forces are responsible for the majority of these.

Wagner Group has shown repeatedly that their presence in CAR is self-serving. We continue to urge the government to investigate allegations of human rights violations and abuses, and to ensure that all perpetrators are held to account.

We are equally concerned by reports of attacks on expatriates and urge the Government to ensure the protection of all citizens.

We call for a revitalisation of the peace process. The Political Agreement for Peace and Stability remains the only viable option to end conflict and crisis in the Central African Republic. We call on the Government to build on political progress through meaningful engagement with all actors in country.

Lastly, we commend the progress made by the National Elections Authority and the support of the Central African Government, MINUSCA and UNDP, in preparing for the local elections in July 2023. We remain concerned about financial, logistical and security challenges in organising these crucial elections.

Mr Agbetse,

What steps should CAR and the international community take to stem the worsening human rights situation?

Thank you.

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