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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…

31st session of the Universal Periodic Review; 3rd cycle

This submission has been prepared by Human Rights Watch for the third cycle review of the Central African Republic in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). It is based on information obtained through research conducted since the second…
Anti-Balaka fighters in Gambo, Mboumou province, Central African Republic, on August 16, 2017.

Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Central African Republic

While Bangui and parts of the west remain stable, the surge of violence in the central provinces reveals the fragile situation for civilians in the Central African Republic, as described in the report of the Independent Expert and OCHA head Stephen O'…
MINUSCA peacekeepers on patrol between Batangafo and Bouca in Ouham province, July 2015.

Investigate, Prosecute Peacekeepers Accused of Sexual Assault

Thérèse, a 14-year-old in the Central African Republic, probably doesn’t know that defense ministers from around the globe will meet in London on Thursday this week to discuss United Nations peacekeeping. But she has a stake in what happens there.
A United Nations peacekeeper stands alongside a road near the refugee camp of Saint Sauveur, in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, November 29, 2015.

New Report Reveals Lack of Justice, Protection for Victims

(New York) – The United Nations and its member countries should do more to investigate and prosecute peacekeepers who commit sexual exploitation and abuse, and to support the survivors, Human Rights Watch said today. In his annual report on special…
Women walk by a United Nations peacekeeping armored vehicle guarding the outer perimeter of a school used as an electoral center at the end of the presidential and legislative elections, in the mostly muslim PK5 neighborhood of Bangui.

UN, Troop-Contributing Countries Should Hold Abusers Accountable

(Nairobi) – United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic raped or sexually exploited at least eight women and girls between October and December 2015. Among the survivors are a 14-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman who said peacekeepers…
A MINUSCA base behind the Bambari airport, Central African Republic. From September to December 2015 members of the UN peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo guarded the airport and allegedly committed numerous acts of sexual abuse and exploitation again
Last week, an independent panel released a much-anticipated report on sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers and United Nations staff of the very people they are meant to be protecting. Reports of egregious abuse by peacekeepers in the Central…

Get New Special Criminal Court Up and Running

(Bangui) – The Central African Republic's National Transitional Council has taken decisive action for justice for the victims of atrocities by adopting a law to establish a Special Criminal Court within the national justice system, 23 Central African and…
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,…

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…

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…