UNHCR Report on Human Rights Abuses in the Central African Republic

Dr. Jeremy Levitt is a distinguished international law professor at Florida A&M University who also manages the consulting firm The Levitt Group LLC. He focuses on issues such as international security, global terrorism, and racial politics. Dr. Jeremy Levitt is also an expert on refugee law, human rights law, particularly transitional justice and Africa.

Human rights is a major area of ongoing concern for the international community, as evidenced by a December 2015 report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The United Nations Refugee Agency reported that, three years since the present wave of instability and human rights abuses commenced, the Central African Republic continues to be plagued by such abuses, with many directed at the country’s minorities. The country has nearly 500,000 internally displaced people, with cases of human rights abuses centered around the violent clashes of armed groups.

During the first 10 months of 2015, approximately 6,000 human rights violations were recorded, although the UNHCR estimates that the actual number is far higher. Unfortunately, the UNHCR and its partners are unable to access many of the regions most terribly affected. In addition, cases of sexual and gender-based violence during the same period exceeded 60,000, with the UN Population Fund surmising that half involved rape and other sexual violence. The UNHCR believes that more than half of the Central African Republic’s remaining population urgently needs humanitarian assistance. Jeremy Levitt has dedicated his career to addressing and ending the underlying causes of sexual and gender-based violence in Africa.

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