Seleka soldiers drive to a village where residents say was attacked and a mosque burnt the night before by anti-Balaka militiamen, about 25km (16 miles) from Bambari – 10 May 2014
The Amnesty report contains first-hand accounts from victims and witnesses of alleged war crimes[/caption]
Amnesty International has identified those it believes are responsible for atrocities recently committed in the Central African Republic (CAR).Several leaders from rebels and militia groups, as well as former Presidents Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia, are named by the rights group. The trouble in CAR began as Mr Djotodia’s mainly Muslim rebels seized power in March last year. The majority Christian state then descended into ethno-religious warfare. Thousands of people have been killed and almost a quarter of the country’s 4.6 million inhabitants have been forced from their homes. The report – Central African Republic: Time for Accountability – says that most attacks have been conducted openly, with the perpetrators showing no fear of sanction.
- Christians – 50%
- Muslims – 15%
- Indigenous beliefs – 35%