22 Jan 2014
The statement of Under Secretary-General/Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Mr. Adama Dieng on the human rights and humanitarian dimensions of the crisis in the Central African Republic
Briefing the UN Security Council on the on the human rights and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, called the situation "desperate" and said "urgent need for the full deployment of MISCA peacekeepers as soon as possible." He further said that "the widespread, unchecked nature of attacks by ex-Séléka and anti-Balaka militia, as well as by armed civilians associated with them, against civilians on the basis of religion or ethnicity constitute crimes against humanity. If not halted, there is a risk of genocide in this country." He called upon the international community to uphold its responsibility to protect Central Africans from these risks.