Technical assistance and capacity-building in the field of human rights in the Central African Republic

Year

2023

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

54

Session Type

Regular

Agenda Item

10

Country Concerned

Central African Republic

Condemnatory

No

Analysis

  • The resolution is critical of the human rights situation in the Central African Republic, but its condemnations are mostly directed at "armed groups" and sometimes at "all parties." The resolution urges the government to improve the situation, including by re-establishing control over the entire country, thus diminishing the government's responsibility for violations.
  • In addition, the resolution contains limited praise for the government, which supported the resolution and called for it to be adopted by consensus. Moreover, the resolution was adopted under Item 10, which concerns mere "technical assistance," signaling an uncritical approach.

Main Sponsors

African Group

Vote

Consensus

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Deeply concerned about the security situation in the Central African Republic, which remains particularly unstable, and condemning in particular the violations and abuses of human rights and the violations of international humanitarian law that continue to be perpetrated by parties to the conflict, including armed groups and other security personnel…"
  • "Condemning the surge in attacks on humanitarian and medical personnel and on civilian and humanitarian facilities and infrastructure, the unlawful taxation of humanitarian aid by armed groups…"
  • "Deploring the numerous cases of sexual abuse and violence committed against civilians, including by armed groups and other security personnel…"
  • "Strongly condemns all human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law…"
  • "Also strongly condemns the targeted attacks launched by armed groups against civilians, humanitarian workers, health workers, humanitarian supplies and United Nations personnel…"
  • "Reiterates its call for an immediate end to all human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law committed by all parties…"
  • "Calls upon the Government of the Central African Republic, with the support of the international community, to create the conditions for the safe, dignified and sustainable return of displaced persons and refugees…"
  • "Calls upon the Government of the Central African Republic, political and religious leaders and civil society organizations to undertake coordinated public action to prevent hate speech and incitement to violence…"
  • "Urges all parties in the Central African Republic to protect all civilians, in particular women and children, against sexual and gender-based violence."
  • "Deplores the fact that children continue to be used by armed groups as combatants, human shields, domestic workers and sex slaves…"
  • "Decides to renew, for one year, the mandate of Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic…"

Full Vote

  • Yes0

  • No0

  • Abstain0

  • Absent0