Item 10 - High-level interactive dialogue on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic . NB8 Lithuania (28.03.2024)

Human Rights Council – 55th session

Item 10: High-level dialogue on the Central African Republic

Statement delivered by Lithuania on behalf of the Nordic Baltic Countries

28 March 2024

Mr. President,    

I have the honor to speak on behalf of the Nordic Baltic countries.

We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis of protecting human rights and accountability in the Central African Republic fueled by a history of prevalent impunity.

We are alarmed by recurrent armed clashes that perpetuate a vicious cycle of human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law. The perpetrators are diverse, including the Central African armed forces and its Russian allies. All must be held accountable.

The challenging human rights, security and humanitarian situation has been exacerbated by the crisis in neighboring Sudan.

We deplore the widespread prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence, trafficking in persons, child recruitment, and the use of children in armed conflict and call on all armed actors to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law.

Acknowledging constraints, we urge the Government to break the cycle of violence and address grievances.

The path to durable peace requires a firm commitment to justice and accountability, respect for human rights, inclusive dialogue and good governance.

Mr. President,

How can we as the international community help strengthen access to justice and increase accountability in CAR?

I thank you.