Central African Republic attacks may be war crimes


New York – The UN Security Council is condemning the recent upsurge of violence and instability in Central African Republic and says some attacks may constitute war crimes.


Central African Republic erupted into widespread sectarian violence after the Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the president in 2013 and the Christian anti-Balaka militiamen formed to combat them. Sectarian clashes between rival Christian and Muslim militias have flared in recent weeks.


The Security Council said those responsible for all abuses and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law must be held accountable, and reiterated its intention to impose sanctions on those responsible for the latest violence.


The Security Council called on the country’s transitional government to launch investigations to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.