UN: UN, relief agencies condemn renewed violence against civilians in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - The interim UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Marc Vandenberghe, and the entire humanitarian community in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday condemned renewed violence against civilians in the capital, Bangui, and called on all parties to respect international law, protect civilians and ensure that they can relocate from insecure areas.

"Under international humanitarian law, I call for the respect of obligations incumbent on all parties to protect all civilians in CAR and to preserve health facilities, enabling injured people, other patients and health workers to have free and safe access to these facilities," Mr. Vandenberghe said in a statement obtained by PANA in New York.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on 26 September, violent clashes erupted in Bangui after the death of a young Muslim taxi motorcyclist.

The incident left over a dozen people dead and several others injured, and thousands of people have fled the areas with heightened tension to seek refuge, mostly with host families and in displacement sites, while many houses were burned or looted.

Extremely concerned about the high number of victims, damaged houses and the new wave
of displacement, the UN official said the situation represents a big step backwards on the return plan set up by the Humanitarian Country Team for internally-displaced persons.

"I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to wish a
speedy recovery to the injured people," he noted.

Bangui still has 30 sites which host some 27,300 displaced people before the incidents
happened.

Over the past few years, the country experienced a major political crisis which continues to
affect almost the entire population. About 2.7 million people, over half of the population, are
in dire need of assistance.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 28Sept2015

28 september 2015 13:15:27




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