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Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Central African Republic
October 6, 2021

Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Central African Republic

Human Rights Council – 48th Session

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

As Delivered by Patrick Elliot, Human Rights Officer

October 7, 2021

Thank you for your report.

The United States remains deeply concerned by reports of atrocities and human rights abuses by the Armed Forces of the Central African Republic (CAR), Russian-supported mercenaries, and armed groups. This includes reports of atrocities against Muslim communities, including the Peuhl. We urge the government to investigate human rights violations and abuses transparently and hold all perpetrators accountable.

We welcome efforts by the government to fight against impunity, including the arrest of armed group leader Eugene Ngaikosset and his indictment for crimes against humanity by CAR’s Special Criminal Court.

There is no military solution to the crisis. Durable peace requires a commitment to good governance, human rights, inclusive dialogue, justice, and accountability.

We urge the CAR government, and independent judicial authorities such as the CAR Special Criminal Court, to investigate all reports of violations and abuses and hold accountable those responsible.

Our Question is: How can the international community better support accountability efforts that are complementary to your report?