Thursday, December 5, 2013

Video: Is CAR on the brink of genocide? - Press TV Africa Today

The United Nations, the United States, and former colonial ruler France warned of possibility of genocide in CAR.

The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has rejected warnings that the strife-torn country may be headed for genocide.

CAR Foreign Minister Leonie Bang Bothy said in an interview with a local radio on Saturday that such warnings would not do anything to help the situation in the country and could have an opposite effect.

In an attempt to stop the surge of armed crime, CAR President Michel Djotodia, former Seleka rebel leader, renewed a curfew on Bangui on Friday.

On September 13, Djotodia dissolved the Seleka rebel coalition, which had brought him to power. Some of the rebels later joined the country's regular army while some defied.

The Seleka rebels, who launched an offensive against the CAR government in December 2012 and finally ousted then President Francois Bozizé in March, have been accused of killing, looting, and raping across the country.

A recent UN report blamed the Seleka fighters for much of the chaos in the country, saying, "uncontrolled Seleka elements and unidentified armed groups" in the country committed "arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks."

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