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“It’s a scene of absolute brutality”

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“It’s a scene of absolute brutality”

Peter Bouckaert, Emergency Director of Human Rights Watch, has just returned from the Central African Republic.

Peter, along with his HRW team, has given this program exclusive footage documenting horrific violence, destruction and the mass exodus of Muslims from the country which the United Nations says amounts to “ethnic cleansing”.

Peter Bouckaert told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour “the Muslim population of the Central African Republic is facing an unprecedented wave of violence”.

“We were in the country for just over three weeks and personally witnessed 12 lynching’s or attempted lynching’s… it’s a scene of absolute brutality in the Central African Republic at the moment,” he says.

The Central African Republic was plunged into chaos last year after a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels dubbed ‘Seleka’ ousted president Francois Bozize.

They have since been forced out of power but Christian militias known as the anti-balaka have been allowed to fill the power vacuum.

Peter Bouckaert says more peacekeeping troops are needed on the ground.

“The small presence of the African peacekeepers and the French peacekeepers is simply not enough to stop the violence. We have gone out to many of these communities and people are really desperate to stop these attacks… We need a much larger peacekeeping presence, hopefully a full UN peacekeeping mission so this violence can stop and the Muslim community can continue to live in this country where they have lived for generations and generations. It will take a much greater international effort than what is underway at the moment”.

Click above to watch Amanpour’s interview with Peter Bouckaert.

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  • Friend of Bosnia

    Yes. Well, at least in Rwanda things seem to go in the right dierction. When the RPF drove the Interahamwe out there weren’t widespread acts of violence against the Hutu. (unfortunately the Interahamwe went on to wreak havoc in the Congo) Today Rwanda is one of the most orderly places in Africa; the Gacaca way of reconciliation is something that should be applied I think to Bosnia-Herzegovina too (and hopefully a civic movement will grow out of the protests of today that will overcome ethnic divisions, over time because the ordinary people have the same probloems). An example to other countries in Africa and in the world.
    Really, Bosnians and Rwandans should get together and see what they can gain from their shared experience and suffering.

  • Tighe McCandless

    That was rather the point of my post. I was being sarcastic in my first two statements; I’m aware that everyone is capable of committing atrocities. I was more commenting on the fact that our drive-by poster decided to engage in some pretty ugly ethnic stereotyping for whatever reason without fully realizing he sounds exactly like the sorts of people he probably dislikes on the Internet (since his Twitter account seems to indicate he’s an Indian Muslim).

  • Tanveer Khan

    And I’m one of those energy saving light bulbs too! Lightening up the world whilst taking care of it too! XD

    Thank you.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Savagery is not defined by race or skin color or by religion, and it’s certainly not restricted to African people. If there is so much savagery in certain places in Africa that’s because due to the colonial borders there have been wars for so long; and war brutalizes people. Look what happened in Rwanda, and look at Rwanda now. Look at the anti-Muslim pogroms in Burma, or at the wars in the former Yugoslavia or in Syria, and you will see that all people can be capable of committing the most horrible acts of savagery and atrocity.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    You’re very bright.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Why thank you. I decided to spread the love….

  • Friend of Bosnia

    You know, I really like your new avatar…

  • Tanveer Khan

    Share the love, Senor Fish.

  • Talking_fish_head

    I am so using this

  • Tanveer Khan

    Well…. not always but thank you friend 🙂

  • Friend of Bosnia

    And me.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    No, no, as the Western leaders’ reaction to the genocidal crusade in Bosnia in 1992-95 and now to Assad’s genocide in Syria prove, it’s pure malice. Nobody can be so stupid.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Sharp as a nail. As always.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Silence. The Panda speaks…..

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    States aren’t people though.

  • Mohamed Al Saadoon

    I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt: That they are incompetent before I assume they are malicious.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Not only did you see it coming a mile away but the French likely did too. Now what does that tell us about French policy?

  • Friend of Bosnia

    We know that peace is the condition under which
    mankind was meant to flourish. Yet peace does not exist of its own will. It depends on us, on our courage to build it and guard it and pass it on to future generations. George Washington’s words may seem hard and cold today, but history has proven him right again and
    again. “To be prepared for war,” he said, “is one of
    the most effective means of preserving peace.” Well, to those who think strength provokes conflict, Will Rogers had his own answer.
    He said of the world heavyweight champion of his day: “I’ve never seen anyone insult Jack Dempsey.” (Ronald W. Reagan) You may think of him what you want, but where he was right he was right. The Seleka militias were far from being innocent and far from being saneffective defense for their people, but they should never have let themselves be disarmed in the first place.

  • Tighe McCandless

    Whenever a ‘black’ person does something foul, it is representative of their entire ethnicity, of course. Because as the Islamophobes accurately prove, everyone in a certain group is part of a hive mind, right?

    The fact you don’t realize the hypocrisy of such a statement on a site dedicating itself to debunking stereotypes similar to what you wrote above would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

  • Talking_fish_head

    What is happening in CAR is beyond barbaric, has humanity devolved to a point where killing whole villages are now acceptable, and the worst part the so called “International Community” can’t even lift a finger to do anything.

    The only way to stop this madness is that the leaders on both sides of the conflict should be made to sign a peace treaty and then taken to the ICC where they can rot in jail.

    sorry for the rant, but shit like this pisses me off.

  • Guess

    Oh yes, did not forget that China’s showing “hideous” lines in the face of the continent is mainly the cause for the re-energizing “religious” face-lift conflict gifted by the traditional divide & conquerors . Cant wait for those beans though 🙂

  • Guess

    Hi Ilisha, it is a long weekend for us too in Canada, “Family Day” :). But as this new trend of “religiously” based violence (or so we’re told by the usual suspects) is arising and unfolding over Africa. And maybe some may label me as paranoid or conspiracy theorist (as usually is the case for those that gently decline to get drunk on the “mainstream” cool-aid), I cannot help but see the profitable, ever stretching long-arm of the “war on terror”. Which practically and effectively became the magic phrase Open-Sesame, breathing a new life-line to both the national and international tyrants, the wishful and the nostalgic imperialists, and as well as the to be (Sisi?) and stubborn dictators alike, in a world that is so sick and tired of them.

    But perhaps as far as Africa is concern, the tribal-based divide and conquer strategy does not work no more as effective as it once did on Africans, so why not jump from an overused tribal-made carpet to a brand new religiously-laden “9/11” ride to keep on forever flying all over the treasury that is Africa ?

  • mindy1

    I think world peace can happen, and then crap like this happens and makes me rethink that…

  • Friend of Bosnia

    You can’t.

    Sadly, for every good person (and I know you are one) there are at least 10 evil ones.

    I recall a Jewish anecdote, where an antisemite, to taunt a believeing Jew, told him “In my dream, I saw your paradise, and it was filthy and overcrowded.” To which the Jew replied, “And in my dreams, I saw your Paradise. The most beautiful place one can imagine – but completely empty of people.”
    And that’s how it shall be.

    I assume that you do good deeds in the conetxt and space you can. You have good thoughts. That in itself is a reward. You are one good person, and for that you will be rewarded.

    As for myself, I have no hatred against people for their religious beliefs, their tradition or the color of their skin. Some may have cultural or idiosyncratic traits that I profoundly dislike, but one must, as long as one is showed the same respect, behave respectful towards others.

    What I absolutely hate is when ideas of one’s nation’s or people’s or racce’s superiority over others lead to murder, genocide, dispossession, expulsion, enslavement, robbery and/or destruction of cultural heritage. Or that such things are supported, justified, rationalized or denied. Who does that has in my eyes, forfeited all his rights, including the right to live.

    So, I do not hate the Serbs, or the Rakhine. Not as such. But all who have Bosniak, or Rohingya blood on their hands, or any blood of people killed just for being what they are, be it through their thoughts or through their deeds, deserve only one thing: prompt and very painful death and the complete physical destruction of their mortal remains. If a human had the power to do so, of their souls as well. Or at least that they never experience happiness for the rest of their lives. And not because I hate them – even though I admit I do – but to exclude a danger for all others and as a warning not to imitate their example.

  • mindy1

    All this hate hurts my heart :'( what’s it for? It accomplishes nothing. Imagine what good we could do if we stopped fighting over petty crap like race and religion.

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