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UN investigators head to Central African Republic amid genocide fears

Published on Mar 10, 2014 7:30 PM
 
African Union (AU) peacekeepers pursue possible Christian anti-Balaka militia men who tried to attack a group of ethnic Muslim Peuls, near the town of Bouar, west of the Central African Republic, March 9, 2014. A group of UN-mandated investigators launched a probe on Monday, March 10, 2014, of human right violations in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - A group of UN-mandated investigators launched a probe on Monday of human right violations in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

The three international investigators will spend two weeks travelling the country, speaking with victims, witnesses, and actors in the conflict, and expect to draw up a list of suspected perpetrators.

"We have to put an end to the impunity," said Bernard Acho Muna, head of an international Commission of Inquiry appointed by UN leader Ban Ki-moon in January.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva before leaving for Bangui, the Cameroon Supreme Court lawyer and former deputy chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for Rwanda said he hoped his mission could help ward off a feared genocide.

 
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