US Imposes Sanctions On CAR

cheap geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“The Executive Order also imposes sanctions on five individuals – sending a powerful message that impunity will not be tolerated and that those who threaten the stability of the CAR will face consequences, ” reads part of the statement released by the White House today.

The sanctions were slapped against the background of a rebellion staged by armed groups in the late 2012, sparking off a period of devastating instability, lawlessness, and anarchy in the Central African Republic (CAR) which later led to the overthrow of its government in early 2013.

“Escalating violence and human rights abuses set the stage for the eruption of sectarian conflict by December 2013. Communities that have lived together peacefully for generations are being torn apart along sectarian lines.”

According to UN reports, more than 2.5 million of the country’s 4.6 million people need humanitarian assistance and approximately one million people have been displaced.

“Growing attacks perpetrated by both Muslim and Christian militias have brought CAR to a crisis of disastrous proportions.”


Today’s actions, according to the statement, follow the UN Security Council’s unanimous vote in January to establish a sanctions regime against those responsible for instability and atrocities in the CAR, and the listing of three individuals by the UN Security Council CAR Sanctions Committee on May 9.

The United States pledged to continue working with the international community, regional partners, and CAR’s transitional authorities to help set the country on a path toward recovery.

“We strongly support the African Union, French, and European Union forces who have been working to re-establish security for the people of the CAR, and the UN peacekeepers who will continue their heroic work.”

“We stand with the courageous individuals who continue to call for peace and reconciliation. We will continue to provide support to the Transitional Government as it works to restore governance and pave the way for a return to an elected government, and to deliver humanitarian assistance to those affected by the conflict.”

Obama urged all parties to end the violence, to ensure justice and accountability for perpetrators of human rights abuses, and to work together to forge a brighter and more prosperous future for all Central Africans.

CAR conflict

The conflict started on December 10, 2012, after rebels accused the government of President François Bozizé of failing to abide by peace agreements signed in 2007 and 2011.

Many of the rebel groups were previously involved in the Central African Republic Bush War.

On April 18, 2013 Michel Djotodia was recognised as the transitional head of government at a regional summit in N’Djamena.

On May 14, CAR’s PM Nicolas Tiangaye requested a UN peacekeeping force from the UN Security Council and on May 31, former President Bozizé was indicted for crimes against humanity and incitement of genocide.

In January 2014 President Djotodia resigned and was replaced by Catherine Samba-Panza, but the conflict remained ongoing.

In 2014, Amnesty International reported several massacres committed by the Christian group called Anti-balaka against Muslim civilians, forcing thousands of Muslims to flee the country.

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