Amnesty International works to help end the crisis in the Central African Republic
Now is the time to take action in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The situation is dire
A human rights crisis of epic proportions is currently taking place in the Central African Republic. Since early January 2014, “ethnic cleansing” of Muslims has been carried out in the western part of the CAR. This is the most populated area of CAR. Entire Muslim communities have been forced to flee, and the hundreds of Muslim civilians that haven’t been able to escape have been killed by militias known as ‘anti-balaka’.
The history of the crisis
There has been a larger tragedy unfolding in CAR over the years. It was in March of 2013 that the mostly Muslim ‘Seleka’ coalition seized power, and since then there has been growing violence, much of it against members of the Christian community. The Seleka left power in mid-January 2014, after killing thousands of Christian civilians, and looting and burning their homes. Many Christians in turn attributed responsibility for the Seleka’s abuses to CAR’s minority Muslim community as a whole, and this spurred the development of the predominantly Christian anti-balaka militias that are now taking part in the “ethnic cleansing”.
What can we do?
There is a way we can help the innocent civilians caught up in the tragedy unfolding in CAR. On 10 April 2014, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Resolution 2149 authorising the establishment of a new peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic. This is the first important step towards ending the crisis in CAR.
Amnesty International is organising to petition President Barack Obama to call on him to take action. By joining with Amnesty International and signing the petition, you can do your part to urge the international community to implement effective short-term measures immediately, to deploy a strong UN Peacekeeping operation by 15 September, and to ensure that the current peacekeeping forces present in CAR are meaningfully supported to protect civilians in the meantime..
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