UN human rights report maps 13 years of violence and impunity in the Central African Republic

This mapping report by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has documented patterns of serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by successive government forces, various local and foreign armed groups, as well as international and foreign defence forces. The report, mandated by the UN Security Council, documents 620 incidents, including multiple accounts of gang rapes of women and girls as young as five. While the report recognizes the challenging security situation in the Central African Republic, it recommends that some steps be taken immediately to initiate transitional justice processes, including the development of a national approach to human rights vetting of security and defence forces.