Central African Republic

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the African Union and to the government of France in the light of the allegations of human rights abuses in the recent report by Amnesty International, Ethnic Cleansing and Sectarian Killings in the Central African Republic.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We have frequent discussions with both the African Union and the Government of France on the security and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic, including the disturbing reports of human rights abuses.

Amnesty International’s report highlights the importance of the international peacekeeping effort in preventing ethnic and sectarian killings. Our immediate focus is supporting the UN Security Council-mandated African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) force alongside the French deployment. They are already on the ground, have a robust enforcement mandate, and are able to act immediately to increase security and humanitarian access. We have supported the UN Security Council to keep the situation under regular review, including what more can be done to strengthen existing efforts given the severity and urgency of the situation.

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