Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Central African Republic, Mr. Yao Agbetse
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Jennifer Glaudemans
Human Rights Council – 51st Session
Thank you, Mr. President Vice President.
The United States commends Mr. Agbetse for helping to spotlight abuses and advance respect for human rights in the Central African Republic.
The United States welcomes the government’s support for the Special Criminal Court and the arrest of armed group leader Idriss Khalil in July. We urge continued investigations of all allegations of human rights violations and abuses and holding accountable those responsible.
The United States remains deeply troubled by reports of human rights abuses and violations by armed groups, government security forces, and Kremlin-backed Wagner Group forces.
We acknowledge the government’s efforts to address reports that Wagner and government security forces unlawfully recruited or used child soldiers.
We call on the government to ensure its forces abide by international humanitarian law and respect human rights and to promote inclusive and transparent governance that serves the Central African people. The United States remains committed to working with the government and civil society in the Central African Republic.
Mr. Agbetse, How can we strengthen support to the UN, civil society, and others documenting human rights violations and abuses in the Central African Republic?
I thank you.