UN: Ban says UN following up on human rights allegations in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said
shares the concerns of the Human Rights Watch on impunity for human rights
violation in the Central African republic (CAR), which was contained in a
released this week by the non-governmental organization.

In a statement made available to PANA in New York, Ban said that in the case
of the allegations against troops by the Republic of Congo in CAR, he expects
that the Republic of Congo will ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes
are held fully accountable.

The UN chief said that since the allegations first came to light in 2014, the UN
has been actively engaged, at various levels, including the Office of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Departments of
Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS), with the African
Union and the Republic of Congo authorities on the issue through a variety
of formal and informal channels.

He also said that the UN Security Council was also informed through the UN
Secretary-General’s report of the International Commission of Inquiry on the
Central African Republic (December 2014).

He said the UN will continue to follow up on these cases, as they have been
doing over the course of the past two years, according to the note.

The statement the report also included a summary of actions taken by the
UN concerning the events described in the Human Rights Watch report,
which took place from 2013 to 2015.

Regarding the reported disappearance of 11 people in March 2014 in Boali,
CAR, while in the custody of Republic of Congo peacekeepers serving under
the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic
(MISCA), the UN chief said the occurrence was investigated by the UN’s
human rights staff in CAR, who conducted three investigation missions to
ascertain the facts, the first one in July 2014.

The results of the UN human rights investigations were provided to the
host authorities and later to the Security Council through the International
Commission of Inquiry’s report.

The implicated Republic of Congo unit was repatriated before the transfer
of authority to the UN and was not "re-hatted" when the mission became
a UN peacekeeping operation in September 2014.

"The UN was not informed of the exhumation of the mass grave in February
2016, according to the details provided. The protection of this burial site is
a national responsibility and the Mission provided all information it had
gathered during its investigations to the CAR authorities," the statement
stressed.

Turning to the reported killing of two individuals in June 2015 in Mambere,
CAR, by Republic of Congo peacekeepers serving under the UN
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), it
said the incident was investigated promptly by MINUSCA, with the mission
publicly reporting the facts on 10 June 2015 in a press release.

Twenty contingent members of the Republic of Congo, including two
commanding officers, were repatriated on disciplinary grounds and
banned from future service with UN peace operations.

A UN headquarters-led Board of Inquiry was convened by UN Department
of Field Support in April 2016 and its findings will be made public soon.

The statement also said that in May 2016, the UN received preliminary
information from Republic of Congo authorities on various investigative
and judicial processes that are under way, as well as interim disciplinary
measures that have been imposed on individuals and commanders
implicated in these incidents.

It stated: "In a note verbale dated 12 May, the Republic of Congo
expressed profound regret and pledged to ensure that justice will be
done."

It also added that, the UN continues to follow up actively on the
outcome of these processes.
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