November 26th, 2013

NDP supports international action in Central African Republic

New Democrats are calling on the Canadian government to respond to political turmoil and human rights abuses in Central African Republic.

“The international community cannot afford to stand by as instability grows in the heart of Africa,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar. “Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, and armed rebel groups are moving freely across international borders. The situation poses a security threat to the entire region.”

Following a political coup in March, interim authorities have been unable to establish security or stability. Human rights organizations have reported egregious abuses including killing, rape, and conscription of child soldiers

“With the United Nations Security Council expected to vote next week to authorize an African Union deployment with French support, Canada should be joining the international call for action,” added Dewar. “Over the longer term, the Canadian government should provide diplomatic and logistical support for a responsible transition to a UN peacekeeping force with a clear civilian protection mandate.”