September 18, 2013

“I Can Still Smell the Dead”

The Forgotten Human Rights Crisis in the Central African Republic

Glossary of Acronyms
Summary
Abuses Committed by the Seleka in the Provinces
Abuses Committed by the Seleka in Bangui
The Need for Accountability
Recommendations
To the Transitional Government of the Central African Republic
To Seleka Forces
To the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
To the African Union Peace and Security Council and AFISM-CAR
To the United Nations Security Council
To the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA)
To the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
To the Human Rights Council
To the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
To the Governments of France, the European Union, the United States, and Other International Donors
To the Government of Chad
Methodology
Background
The Seleka
Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (Union des Forces Démocratiques pour le Rassemblement, UFDR)
Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (Convention des Patriotes pour la Justice et la Paix, CPJP)
Patriotic Convention for the Salvation of Kodro (Convention Patriotique du salut du Kodro, CPSK)
Union of Republican Forces (Union des Forces Républicaines, UFR)
Alliance for the Rebirth and Rebuilding (Alliance pour la Renaissance et la Refondation, A2R)
I. Origins of the March 24 coup
Rebellion Before 2012
Post 2012: The Seleka Coalition− Chadian Influence
II. Seleka Attacks in the Provinces
Attacks on Villages on the Batangafo-Bouca Road: April 10-14, 2013
Attacks on the Kaga-Bandoro-Mbrès Road: April 14-15, 2013
Attacks on Villages on the Bouca-Bossangoa Road: April 18, 2013
Attack of Ouin: May 1, 2013
Attacks on Villages on the Bossangoa-Boguila Road: May 19, 2013
Attacks on Villages on the Batangafo-Bouca Road: June 2, 2013
III. Abuses Committed by Seleka in Bangui
Attack on Damala–March 27, 2013
Attack on Walingba–April 12, 2013
Killings at the Ngaragba Bridge–April 13, 2013
The Attack on Boy-Rabe–April 13 and 14
Summary Executions at the Mpoko River
Targeting of FACA
Rape and Sexual Violence
IV. Past Crimes: Abuses under Bozizé
V. Lack of Accountability
The Need for Justice
Commission of Inquiry
State of the National Judicial System
Domestic Investigations and Prosecutions
International Criminal Court
Acknowledgements
Annex I: Peacekeeping and Civilian Protection
Annex II: Recent Diplomatic Timeline