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Central African Republic: After standoff, UN force detains 10 armed men, recovers weapons cache

08-03-2015CAR_Peacekeep15 August 2016 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has reported that after a standoff with a convoy of heavily-armed men near Sibut, the capital of Kémo Prefecture, UN forces detained 10 of the suspects and recovered a “significant quantity” of weapons and munitions.

According to a press release from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), the convoy of some 35 men, which was believed to include several people who are the subject of arrest warrants, had departed Bangui, the nation’s capital, late Friday. The heavily-armed men exchanged fire with national security forces at several checkpoints en route, and these incidents resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, according to MINUSCA.

Early Saturday morning, MINUSCA forces blocked the convoy of seven vehicles from proceeding at 50 km south of Sibut and demanded that all weapons and munitions should be surrendered. This demand was rejected, and a stand-off ensued for several hours, the Mission said. Ten armed men were detained, and a significant quantity of weapons and munitions, as well as the vehicles used by the convoy were recovered, the Mission added.

MINUSCA has remained in contact with the Government throughout this episode, including at the highest levels, seeking to deploy a joint team of Government authorities who have the primary responsibility for the restoration and maintenance of public safety and the rule of law, the Mission said.

The UN Security Council, in its most recent resolution on the situation in the CAR, demanded that all militias and armed groups lay down their arms, and cease all forms of violence and destabilizing activities. MINUSCA reiterated its appeal to all armed groups and militias to adhere to the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation process initiated by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra and encouraged all Central Africans to prioritize dialogue.

More than three years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the CAR amid continuing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian.

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Faustin Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic

New York, 21 April 2016

The Secretary-General met today with the President of the Central African Republic, H.E. Mr. Faustin Archange Touadéra. The Secretary-General congratulated Mr. Touadéra on his recent election and the timely formation of a government. Noting that the Central African Republic has turned a corner with the conclusion of the political transition, the Secretary-General stressed the importance of now addressing the root causes of the crisis.

They discussed immediate priorities for the new government. The Secretary-General reaffirmed the United Nations’ unwavering determination to continue supporting the Central African Republic. The Secretary-General also reiterated his firm determination to implement the United Nations zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse.

Déclaration attribuable au Porte-parole du Secrétaire général sur la mort d’un casque bleu de la MINUSCA en République centrafricaine

New York, 18 avril 2016
Le Secrétaire général condamne la mort d’un casque bleu de la Mission Multidimensionnelle Intégrée de Stabilisation des Nations Unies en Centrafrique (MINUSCA), le 17 avril, dans la ville de Rafai, préfecture de Mbomou. L’incident s’est produit lorsqu’une patrouille de la MINUSCA a été déployée à Rafai en réponse à une attaque dans le village voisin, Agoumar, par des membres présumés de l’Armée de résistance du Seigneur. Un casque bleu marocain a été blessé par balle par des assaillants non identifiés et a succombé à ses blessures plus tard dans l’après-midi.
Le Secrétaire général réitère le fait que les attaques contre ceux qui œuvrent pour la paix et la sécurité en République centrafricaine sont inacceptables. Il appelle le gouvernement nouvellement élu à s’assurer que les auteurs soient traduits en justice.
Le Secrétaire général présente ses sincères condoléances à la famille de la victime ainsi qu’au Royaume du Maroc.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of a MINUSCA peacekeeper in the Central African Republic

New York, 18 April 2016

The Secretary-General condemns the killing of a peacekeeper from the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 17 April in the town of Rafai in Mbomou prefecture. The incident occurred when a MINUSCA patrol was dispatched to Rafai in response to an attack on the nearby village, Agoumar, by alleged elements of the Lord’s Resistance Army. A Moroccan peacekeeper was shot by unknown assailants and succumbed to his wounds later in the afternoon.

The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks against those who are working towards peace and security in the Central African Republic are unacceptable. He calls on the newly-elected Government to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences to the family of the victim and to the Kingdom of Morocco.

Official March Past Event for International Women’s Day

Photo9The UN System in Cameroon participated at the official March Past Event on 8 March organised by the Government, chaired by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family; Her Excellency Marie Therese Abena Ondoa, representing the First Lady of Cameroon.

An estimate of 35,000 women and men participated at the march past event which took place at the 20th May boulevard in the nation’s capital city of Yaounde, as was done across Cameroon.

Photo91Some 60 female and male UN Staff members took part in the colourful march past with banners carrying the IWD 2016 theme, led by some Heads of UN Agencies.

ONE UN STAND at National Exhibition in Yaounde 2016 International Women’s Day

PhotoThe United Nations System in Cameroon and the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) organized a series of activities to commemorate the 2016 International Women’s Day (IWD) on the theme chosen by the Cameroon government: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Meeting the challenge and overcoming the obstaclesfrom 04 – 08 March 2016. The theme for this 31 edition of IWD was taken from the global theme proposed by the United Nations: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.

Photo2The UN System participated at the 2-day Exhibition set-up by MINPROFF at the esplanade of the Yaounde City Council from 03 to 04 March 2016 with a ONE UN STAND with UN Women and UNIC as lead. UN publications and documents on the IWD Theme and related issues were on display and for distribution to visitors at the stand such as Peace and Security, Development, Human Rights, Education of the young girls, UNSC Resolution 1325, Convention on the Elimination of all discrimination against women, UNSG Campaign to End Violence against Women, Maternal health, Population, Health, Gender, Children’s Right, Human Rights, Refugee Protection, Africa Renewal’s Special Edition on Women, amongst others.

Photo1These were contributed by UNWOMEN, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, UNFPA, UNCHRD and UNIC. The stand received more than 400 visitors. UNIC also distributed copies of the UNSG message and Information Kits to special Guests, Civil Society leaders and the media.


UN Secretary-General on Cameroon [scroll down for English version]

Déclaration attribuable au Porte-parole du Secrétaire général sur le Cameroun

Ban-Ki-moonNew York, le 12 octobre 2015

Le Secrétaire général condamne les deux attentats-suicides qui ont été perpétrés simultanément à Kangaleri, Cameroun, le 11 octobre, par des membres présumés de Boko Haram. Depuis le mois de juillet 2015, le nord du Cameroun a subi quinze attentats-suicides distincts qui ont entrainé la mort d’un nombre important de civils. Le Secrétaire général présente ses condoléances aux familles des victimes ainsi qu’au Gouvernement et au peuple camerounais. Rien ne peut justifier de telles violences et assassinats aveugles.
Le Secrétaire général réitère sa solidarité avec le peuple camerounais. Il renouvelle le soutien des Nations Unies au Gouvernement du Cameroun et aux pays du Bassin du Lac Tchad dans leur lutte contre le terrorisme, fondée sur le droit international humanitaire, des droits de l’homme et des réfugiés.

 Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Cameroon

New York, 12 October 2015

The Secretary-General condemns the two simultaneous suicide attacks in Kangaleri, Cameroon, on 11 October, by suspected Boko Haram elements. Since July 2015, the Northern State of Cameroon has witnessed fifteen separate suicide attacks, causing the death of scores of civilians. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Cameroon. There is no justification for such indiscriminate violence and killings.
The Secretary-General reaffirms his solidarity with the people of Cameroon. He reiterates the United Nations support to the Cameroonian government and the Lake Chad Basin countries in their fight against terrorism, grounded on international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.

Ban Ki-moon marks UN at 70

“The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for UN70

UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central African Republic

Children associated with the anti-Balaka militia take part in a release ceremony in Bambari in the Central African Republic (CAR) in May 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Donaig Le Du

Children associated with the anti-Balaka militia take part in a release ceremony in Bambari in the Central African Republic (CAR) in May 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Donaig Le Du

CAR, 28 August 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that 163 children have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic, where thousands of other boys and girls are still serving as combatants, cooks and messengers for the country’s militant factions.

“This release is a sign that the process of implementing the commitment made by the leaders of these groups, as a part of the peace and reconciliation process, is on track,” UNICEF Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) Mohamed Malick Fall said in a press release.

“We fully expect to see hundreds more children released before the end of this year,” Mr. Fall said.

The 163 children, five of the girls, were released today in a ceremony in the town of Batangafo where the handover was facilitated by UNICEF and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The children received medical care and spoke to social workers before they were taken to a transition centre where they will be supported in either going back to school or enrolling in vocational training. UNICEF and partners will also trace and reunify the children with their families.

“MINUSCA is resolved with all partners to ensure the protection of children and I herewith reaffirm its determination to multiply efforts to identify and separate children who are waiting to return to normal life,” said Diane Corner, the deputy special representative of the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR.

According to UNICEF, between 6,000 and 10,000 children have been associated with armed factions in the Central African Republic since 2013 including those serving as combatants, as well as those working as cooks, messengers and in other roles. Smaller release ceremonies also took place in the capital Bangui last week, and earlier in August in other districts, bringing to 645 the number of children liberated since a May agreement by the country’s 10 armed groups to release all children from their ranks.

The agreement also commits the groups to ending additional recruitment of children and gives UNICEF and its partners immediate and unrestricted access to the areas under the groups’ control in order to identify and verify the number of affected children and to secure their release.

Clashes in Central African Republic force thousands to seek refuge at UN peacekeeping base

08-27-2015Bambari_CAR27 August 2015 – Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari and seek shelter at a former cotton factory inside the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN refugee agency said today. “We are extremely concerned by the mounting violence in Bambari and its impact on the civilian population. Our staff have reported the displacement of people who are extremely frightened,” Kouassi Lazare Etien, the Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in CAR, said in a press release.

Mr. Etien said that the agency was also worried about hundreds of Sudanese refugees “trapped in a refugee camp [near Bambari] and at high risk of attacks.” The road leading to the camp had been inaccessible since the weekend, but a UNHCR team escorted by UN peacekeepers reached the Sudanese refugee camp on Wednesday. “Fresh fighting between rival militia forces erupted on August 20 and triggered new waves of displacement,” the refugee agency reported.

“A spontaneous IDP [internally displaced persons] site had sprung up inside the Bambari compound of the UN peace-keeping force,” the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), according to the refugee agency. UNHCR staff said the agency’s partner, the National Refugee Commission, had registered about 3,000 displaced persons in the MINUSCA compound as of Tuesday. “But conditions are dire at the site, a former cotton factory with no sanitation facilities and limited access to water and shelter,” the agency said. The situation began to ease on Thursday but UNHCR staff say Bambari remains very tense and they fear the situation could deteriorate again.

UNHCR is now able to move around Bambari and is trying to assess the total number of newly displaced. The tension remains with armed groups in control of the streets. The population and aid workers were isolated and inaccessible, but a humanitarian corridor has been opened to the airport since Tuesday following negotiations between MINUSCA and the rival militia groups. The latest flare-up in Bambari erupted after a 19-year-old Muslim was killed in the city and beheaded by alleged anti-Balaka fighters, according to the refugee agency. “This triggered violent reprisal attacks between the two communities in Bambari, which have left at least 10 people dead and many injured, including ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) staff,” it said.