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The Stories From People With Disabilities Who Have Endured Humanitarian crises

Simplice – Central African Republic 
 
 The frustration burned in Simplice Lenguy’s eyes as he spoke about the situation faced by people with disabilities since conflict erupted in the Central African Republic.
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Ali, a 22-year-old Afghan asylum seeker with a disability, living in Moria camp, on the beach in Lesbos, Greece. He told Human Rights Watch he can’t access showers in the camp and sometimes tries to wash himself in the sea.
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Summary It is not surprising that violence continues because the message is clear: you can kill without consequence. – Human rights activist, Bangui, June 17, 2016. This report documents war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Seleka and…
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A rebel group in the Central African Republic executed at least 32 civilians and captured fighters after clashes in December 2016 with another rebel group in the Ouaka province.
 
 In the town of Bakala, rebels from the Union for Peace in the…
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Seleka rebels killed at least 37 civilians, wounded 57, and forced thousands to flee when they razed a camp for displaced people in the Central African Republic on October 12, 2016. United Nations peacekeepers deployed outside the camp in the town of Kaga…
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Camp Closure Threat Triggers Thousands Returning to Danger

(Nairobi) – Kenya’s repatriation program for Somali refugees, fueled by fear and misinformation, does not meet international standards for voluntary refugee return. Many refugees living in Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab camp, home to at least 263,000 Somalis,…
Photo of Somali refugees getting on buses to leave Dadaab refugee camp.
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Good news in the Central African Republic is rare. So it seemed strange to feel joy as I stood at dawn in the Muslim enclave of Yaloké watching 16 ethnic Peuhl cattle herders boarding a United Nations convoy heading for Cameroon. The Peuhl were smiling…
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Horrific bloodshed has returned to the streets of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, just weeks after the United Nations took over peacekeeping responsibilities from the African Union. It’s the first real test of whether the UN mission,…
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HRC 27 -- Statement Delivered Under Item 10

The deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, which took over from African Union forces on September 15, is a positive step in enhancing civilian protection in the Central African Republic. But serious human rights violations continue. In…
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Oral Statement Delivered Under Item 10

In the past 15 months, the people of Central African Republic have suffered an unprecedented wave of bloodshed and violence, at the hands of the Seleka fighters and the anti-balaka militias. The crimes include murder, deliberate attacks on the civilian…
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Authorities, Peacekeepers Should Provide Security

Government authorities in Central African Republic and international peacekeepers should allow Muslim residents to seek protection in neighboring countries. Many Muslim residents living in a few heavily guarded areas endure unsustainable, life-threatening…
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Flawed Practices Stoke Communal Tension as Elections Near

(Nairobi) – The Kenyan government has discriminated based on ethnicity in assisting displaced people from the Rift Valley. The discriminatory practices are stoking inter-ethnic tensions ahead of the March 2013 elections. Human Rights Watch research in…
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Government Should Provide Land and Donors More Funds for New Camps

(Geneva) - The Kenyan government should rapidly fulfill its February 2009 pledge to provide more land for its mushrooming Somali refugee population, and donors should step up their financial support for the refugee camps, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Government Should Ensure Returns Are Voluntary and Secure

(London) - The Kenyan government should immediately stop forced returns of internally displaced people and ensure that all returns are safe and voluntary, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 5, the Kenyan government launched Operation “Rudi Nyumbani” (…
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Prosecutions Key to Ending Violence, Police Abuses

The new coalition government should bring to justice individuals responsible for recent and past episodes of political violence, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The new coalition government can help stabilize the country by…
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Positive Steps in Agreement on Election Review, Constitutional Reform

The political agreement in Kenya mediated by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is a step forward, but Kenyan politicians must take immediate steps to ensure accountability for human rights violations if further negotiations are to build lasting…