DCSIMG

UPR 17th Session – Intervention for the Central African Republic

Geneva, Switzerland



Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 17th Session page.

AS DELIVERED

The United States welcomes the delegation of the Central African Republic to the UPR Working Group and thanks them for their presentation today.

We are deeply concerned by reports of human rights violations and abuses committed by members of the Seleka rebel alliance and others. The transitional government must hold responsible parties accountable. We are concerned about the current transitional government’s ability to provide adequate protection to individuals in the country, including women, children, and members of all ethnic and religious groups.

We call on the Central African Republic to adhere to the Ndjamena Declaration and the Transitional Charter, which call for free, fair, and transparent elections by February 2015 and bar members of the transitional government from running for office.

Bearing in mind these concerns, we recommend that the Central African Republic:

  1. Support full, immediate, safe, and unfettered humanitarian access throughout the country; and ensure the protection of civilian populations, including vulnerable groups, through the immediate restoration of law and order;
  2. Fund and support the National Commission of Inquiry to investigate and prosecute, as appropriate, parties responsible for abuses committed during the conflict;
  3. Design and implement vetting procedures to ensure that Seleka members responsible for abuses are not integrated into the armed forces and to follow its obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict when considering any recruitment or use of children.

Disclaimer: The Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy, in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, of the U.S. Department of State manages this site as a portal for international human rights related information from the United States Government. External links to other internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.