On January 30, 2020, more than 45 organizations working in the Central African Republic (CAR) issued a statement highlighting their concern about ongoing violence in the country. Recent clashes between armed groups in Vakaga and Haute-Kotto prefectures, as well as violence against civilians perpetrated by armed actors in Ouham, demonstrate that civilians in CAR continue to face pervasive insecurity.

The group of humanitarian and development organizations that issued the statement are members of the Comité de Coordination des ONGI (CCO). The statement notes that the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2499 tasked the UN peacekeeping operation deployed in CAR (MINUSCA) with additional responsibilities, applauds the Security Council’s decision to retain the protection of civilians as a priority for the MINUSCA, and calls on stakeholders to ensure MINUSCA has the capabilities and resources it needs to implement the Mission’s expanded mandate.

The statement was shared with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres; Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix; Assistant-Secretary-General Bintou Keita; Under-Secretary-General Mark Lowcock; Assistant-Secretary-General Ursula Mueller; Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye; and Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Member States serving on the Security Council.

Read a PDF version of the statement here.

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