The United Nations have allegedly reported that the atrocities and abuses happening in Central African Republic are the handiwork’s of the Russian instructors .
In an annual UN report, they believe even though Moscow says they are unarmed and not involved in fighting, they are the primary suspect of the crimes being committed in CAR.
The Report detailed excessive force which amounts to violations of international humanitarian law with the UN experts submissions to the Security Council by AFP on Monday.
The report also added that there were some violations by FACA soldiers of Central African armed forces and Russian instructors included cases of excessive use of force ,indiscriminate killings and the occupying of schools and looting on a large scale including humanitarian organizations.
The report stated that some experts received numerous reports of cases of indiscriminate killings against unarmed civilians by Russian instructors, and their presence in the mining regions of the Central African Republic.
In April ,Moscow acknowledged the deployment of the Central African Republic of 532 instructors and claimed that this number had never exceeded 550 with the notification of the experts that several sources estimated this figure was considerably higher, ranging from 800 to 2,100.
This estimate does not include 600 additional Russian instructors whose deployment was announced to the UN in May by the Central African Republic.
The experts also added that multiple testimonies from both local and FACA sources that instructors deployed included individuals who identified themselves as nationals of Libya, the Syrian Arab Republic and other countries.
Numerous testimonies from other locations also notified the active participation of Russian instructors in fight operations on the ground with many having observed that they often led rather than followed FACA.
The document also detailed abuses committed against civilians by the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) which was created at the end of 2020 and brings together several armed groups controlling large parts of the country and determined to topple the Central African government.
Widespread international humanitarian law violations committed by CPC affiliated groups included the forced recruitment of children, attacks on peacekeepers, cases of sexual violence and the looting of humanitarian organizations.
The Kremlin on Monday refused claims that Russian military instructors in the Central African Republic have been involved in killing civilians and looting homes.
When asked about the report, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov categorically denied the assertion.
During a heated discussion at the U.N. Security Council last week, the United States, Britain and France accused Russian military contractors of committing human rights abuses in the conflict-stricken country.
The mineral-rich Central African Republic has faced deadly interreligious and intercommunal fighting since 2013. A peace deal between the government and 14 rebel groups was signed in February 2019, but large-scale violence has continued.
The country’s Russia-backed president, Faustin Archange Touadera, won a second term in December’s election but he has continued to face resistance from rebel forces linked to former President Francois Bozize.
Russia has deployed military advisers in CAR training its military at the invitation of the government.
Last week, Russian denied of being a part of destruction when it was accused by U.S, Britain and France accused Russian personnel in CAR of committing abuses against civilians and obstructing U.N. peacekeeping .
The Western powers linked the Russian personnel in CAR to the notorious Wagner Group, a private security company allegedly tied to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman who has been indicted in the United States on charges of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
- Companies who joined to Prigozhin also reported secured lucrative mining contracts in CAR. In 2018, three Russian journalists were killed in CAR while investigating Wagner’s activities there and no suspects have been found.
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