Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - "Since August 2016 we have noted an alarming increase in human rights violations", said a statement from the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) presenting a report on the situation of human rights in the Country. Most of these crimes are committed "by the various factions of the former Seleka rebels, the anti-Balaka militias and their affiliates, as well as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Fulani herders. These incidents caused the deaths of at least 100 people".
This figure refers to the period covered by the report, which runs from June 2015 to March 2016. The document denounces that "the security and human rights situation remains a major concern. The Division for Human Rights has documented 1,301 cases of violence and human rights abuses that caused at least 2,473 victims, an increase of 70% compared to a previous study that ran from September 2014 until 31 May 2015".
The violence "are mainly arbitrary executions, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, sexual violence, arbitrary deprivation of liberty, destruction and theft of property, and restrictions on freedom of movement". Among the victims there are 203 children.
The visit of Pope Francis, in late November 2015, and the peaceful election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, in March this year, led to a strong hope of stabilization but still remains precarious, especially outside the capital Bangui. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 15/12/2016)