Military and police peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) patrol the Muslim enclave of PK5 in Bangui. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

CIVIC has joined the NGO community in drafting a joint statement to the UN Security Council regarding the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

The joint statement, signed by 28 NGO’s, calls for a mandate renewal for United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in Central African Republic. In the statement, CIVIC calls for the Security Council to “support the Secretary-General’s recommendation to increase MINUSCA’s troop ceiling by an additional 900 military personal,” and for the Security Council to “make the protection of civilians the primary and overarching task of MINUSCA.”

The full statement, in both English and French, is available below:

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Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Piper Hendricks at phendricks@civiliansinconflict.org.

Image courtesy of UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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