UN human rights chief to visit Central African Republic

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UNITEDNATIONS_Geneva_NaviPillay_ImageUN The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay on Tuesday said that  he will start a visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) on human rights issues.

A UN Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing in New York.

“She will be in the country until Thursday to discuss the dire human rights situation there with the interim government and key international institutions and peace-keeping forces,’’ Stephane said.

Stephane said that during Pillay visit, she planned to meet CAR’s interim President, Catherine Samba-Panza, representatives of the AU and the Economic Community of Central African States.

The spokesman added that she would also meet the EU, the head of the AU peace-keeping forces MISCA, and commanders of both MISCA and the French military forces.

“While in Bangui, the high commissioner will also meet UN agencies working on the ground, visit sites of destruction and displacement, and meet some internally displaced people,’’ he said.

Report says that ethnic tensions in the north of the CAR and the presence of the Lord’s Resistance Army, an armed group known for its brutal tactics, have added to its instability, crippling the country for decades and driving people away from their homes.

The United Nations has been supporting the CAR for more than a decade.