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UN Secretary General condemns attacks targeted against some Religious groups in the Central African Republic

Secretary-General on the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has strongly condemned increasing attacks on religious groups in the Central African Republic warning that these attacks have the potential to further escalate the crisis in the country. In a statement issued at the weekend, he described the situation in the Central African Republic as volatile, unpredictable and lawless. The statement noted that he was worried about the increasing number of targeted attacks and retaliations against Muslims and Christians, including the most recent incidents on the Bossangoa-Bossembele axis. The Central African Republic has suffered decades of instability and fighting. Attacks against religious groups, however, became prominent after the Seleka rebels overthrew President Francois Bozzize early this year. The radical Moslem militia wing of the rebels which was recruited from neighbouring Moslem countries such as Sudan and Chad has been carrying out attacks against churches, looting property, desecrating places of worship and burning missions. Mr. Ban called on Séléka combatants and their allies to refrain from acts of violence against civilian populations, and to respect human rights. He also reminded the seleka government of its responsibility to bring to justice perpetrators of the massacres and to protect all Central Africans from abuses.


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