UN experts call on Bangui to sever relations with Russian paramilitaries

CAR: UN experts call on Bangui to sever relations with Russian paramilitaries

A UN group of experts on Wednesday called on the Central African authorities to end all relations with Russian paramilitaries accused of harassing and intimidating the Central African population.

“We are extremely concerned about the acts of intimidation and recent reports of violent harassment by military and private security personnel against individuals and communities,” said experts on Wednesday.

The UN panel also said it had received reports that Russian paramilitaries from the Wagner Group had committed rape and sexual violence against civilians in several locations in CAR.

According to UN experts, Russian paramilitaries carried out “arbitrary detentions, acts of torture, enforced disappearances and summary executions.”

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“We call on the Central African government to end all relations with private military and security personnel, in particular the Wagner group,” they concluded.

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