Central African Republic UN envoy calls for protecting civilians as scores killed

According to a news release, some 85 civilians have reportedly been killed, 76 wounded and nearly 11,000 displaced from the town of Bria, Haute Kotto prefecture due to clashed between two armed groups – the Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC). “Given the country’s recent history, this kind of targeted violence is extremely dangerous and must be stopped,” said Special Adviser Adama Dieng, warning that new outbreak of violence could result in reprisal attacks and rapidly escalate. He also called for full investigations into allegations of targeted killings and to ensure that those responsible are held accountable. “If carried out in a widespread or systematic manner, such acts could constitute crimes under international law that can be prosecuted before national or international courts,” he stressed. Reportedly, the FPRC singled out ethnic Fulani in Bria and carried out house-to-house searches, killing, looting and abducting residents. The armed group also occupied hospital buildings, preventing wounded Fulani from receiving medical treatment. Peacekeeping troops deployed by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) later took control of the hospital and reinforced measures to protect civilians in Bria. Clashes have also been reported between opposing factions of the mainly Muslim ex-Séléka armed group in Bambari, Ouaka prefecture. The Secretary-General’s Representative for the CAR and the Deputy Representative travelled to Bria and Bambari, respectively, along with Ambassadors, UN officials and representatives of the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States and called for an immediate end to hostilities. Also in the release, Special Adviser Dieng welcomed progress towards the establishment of the Special Criminal Court in the CAR, which will investigate serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the country, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity since 2003. read more

Sandvik customer days demonstrate commitment

first_imgAt very well attended customer days in Tampere this week, Sandvik Mining has demonstrated its ability to react to mines’ needs and desires, as well as an ability to speed up the introduction of new machines. New launches yesterday included an extremely stylish and technically very interesting Panterra DP2000 surface drill (both tophammer and DTH versions) and the twin boom DD422i Axera underground jumbo.More details on these and many other new products are to follow on this website and within the pages of International Mining.last_img