Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Central African Republic (November 2015)
The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to be serious, with persistent violence, insecurity, and political and religious tensions. The conflict has displaced almost a quarter of the population, with continued fighting forcing new displacement in and around Bangui. Human rights violations and abuses reported by human rights organizations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. With civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict, the Council should insist that Member States, including CAR, give the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) all possible support to facilitate the protection of civilians, including through gender-sensitive humanitarian assistance. Further, efforts should be made to ensure MINUSCA troops are better prepared and trained, and human rights officers, gender advisors and experts, and Women Protection Advisers are fully deployed. Medical and psychosocial services must be made available and accessible, per SCR 2127 (2013), especially to those displaced, and include gender-specific services for women. In its recent presidential statement (S/PRST/2015/17), the Council neglected to recognize and call for women’s participation in conflict resolution efforts, thus in any future action and throughout its discussion, the Council should explicitly support women’s participation in electoral processes and reconciliation processes, including national dialogues and transitional justice efforts.