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In Septemberfollowing allegations of widespread and systematic rape by combatants in the armed conflict in the Central African Republic CARAmnesty International AI decided to send two researchers to the capital, Bangui, to gather further information. From the limited information available before SeptemberAI was concerned that the extent of rape in late and early was greater than in years. However, specific details were few and the scale remained unclear. Fearing stigmatization and rejection, most of the victims were reluctant - mostly unwilling - to talk publicly about their ordeal.

According to human rights activists and religious leaders, although MLC members were responsible for most of the rapes, Central African nationals were also reportedly among the suspected perpetrators. Survivors and witnesses said they recognized members of the MLC by the fact that they did not speak any Sango a national language spoken by virtually all Central Africans, but spoke Lingala, one of the mostly widely spoken languages in the DRC, and frequently spoken by members of the armed forces.

The new reports of widespread and systematic rapes were reminiscent of similar violence against women in late May to Junewhich followed a intervention by the MLC in May An AI delegation had collected many testimonies about widespread rape of women, reportedly mostly carried out by MLC members, on a visit to the CAR in January Neither the MLC leadership nor the CAR government authorities are known to have taken any action against those allegedly responsible for committing rape and other forms of sexual violence between May and June The perpetrators enjoyed virtual impunity and remained at liberty to commit further human rights abuses, including rape.

Against the background of virtual impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of rape and other forms of violence against women in the CAR, this report is an important contribution to telling the ignored or forgotten stories of women and girl survivors of rape in the CAR. This report exposes the physical and psychological trauma, and in some cases death, suffered by women in the CAR in late and early at the hands of combatants in the armed conflict. The Rome Statute of the Central African Rep woman seeking sex Criminal Court ICC defines war crimes as "serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in armed conflicts not of an international character".

It goes on to explicitly include rape as such a violation. The Statute also provides a list of acts - including "[r]ape, sexual slavery AI's findings strongly suggest that acts of rape committed by combatants from all sides of the conflict were systematic and widespread. Additionally, Article 7 1 g -1 of Elements of Crimes of the International Criminal Court provides that rape is a crime against humanity when:. The invasion was committed by force, or by threat of force or coercion, such as that caused by fear of violence, duress, detention, psychological oppression or abuse of power, against such person or another person, or by taking advantage of a coercive environment, or the invasion was committed against a person incapable of giving genuine consent.

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The conduct was committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population. The perpetrator knew that the conduct was part of or intended the conduct to be part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population".

War crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, committed in the CAR after the Rome Statute came into force can be tried by the ICC if the CAR Government is unable or unwilling to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice. In this case, the crimes were committed several months after the Statute came into force and one year after it was ratified by the CAR.

The CAR government and the rest of the international community have a responsibility to ensure that suspected perpetrators, as well as their military and political leaders, are identified and brought to justice. It is important to emphasize that rape is not only committed during armed conflicts or by foreign combatants. AI believes that it is vital that the CAR authorities and civil society, as well as the international community institute measures to protect women and girls from rape and other forms of sexual violence, which include bringing the suspected perpetrators to justice.

The fear of rape or other forms of sexual violence that hangs over the women and girls of the CAR will not be lifted by bringing to justice those responsible for rape during armed conflict alone. Education and legal mechanisms are instrumental to alleviating the plight of women and girls in the CAR. As this report makes clear, rape and other forms of gender-based violence against women are a result of a combination of male domination, cultural practices and the failure of state institutions to protect and promote women's rights.

By publishing this report, AI is hoping to get women in the CAR a step closer to full and equal enjoyment of their rights. The organization hopes that the CAR authorities will take action to bring the suspected perpetrators to justice and provide victims with redress, including compensation and rehabilitation. The rehabilitation should include providing material and psychological assistance to enable the victims to recover their lost dignity and, in many cases, their damaged health. The organization calls on the international community to assist and support the government in taking these fundamental steps to end impunity and provide victims with Central African Rep woman seeking sex and redress.

The new President as head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces sought to gain control of the security forces by appointing soldiers loyal to him to key positions. Many soldiers who had been loyal to former President Kolingba became disaffected as they lost their privileged positions.

Numerous human rights abuses, including extrajudicial executions, were reported but rape was not reported to be prominent among the abuses. The MLC intervention coincided with a dramatic increase in the s of reported rapes, which were allegedly mostly carried out by MLC members. During a visit to the CAR in JanuaryAI researchers gathered testimonies about the rapes and other human rights abuses that had occurred in the aftermath of the May attempted coup.

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The representatives also visited north-western DRC where they met the MLC Secretary General and urged the MLC leadership to remove any of their combatants implicated in rape and other abuses from positions in which they could commit or order further human rights abuses.

AI also urged the MLC leaders to cooperate with any competent, independent and impartial investigation to identify any of their combatants and others who may have been involved in rape, looting and other human rights abuses and hand them over to a competent judicial authority which should bring them to justice.

The MLC leaders are not known to have taken any action against the alleged perpetrators. AI released a report, in Junedetailing rapes alleged to have been perpetrated by MLC combatants, as well as other serious human rights abuses committed in the CAR in the aftermath of the 28 May coup attempt. The Central African government denied that its forces or its MLC allies had been responsible for rape or any other serious human rights abuses.

They began to retreat northwards, leaving the suburbs around 9 November The FACA and MLC reportedly committed rapes and other forms of sexual violence as they advanced, as they allegedly robbed the local population and others fleeing the fighting. Other MLC leaders, as well as leaders of other armed political groups and the government they have ed, have occupied key positions in the DRC transitional government.

None of the leaders have been required to for the abuses they committed, ordered or condoned in the DRC or in the CAR. There were reportedly fewer cases of rape after 15 March. It was gradually scaled down with the intervention of Chadian troops. Chadian troops are reported to have committed serious human rights violations, including summary executions, against combatants and civilians accused of looting.

This report is a result of research conducted over a year, including a detailed survey of existing published material and extensive interviews, conducted both outside and within the CAR. The interviews were carried out in September with survivors and witnesses of human rights abuses, as well as with international and local human rights and humanitarian organizations. Survivors of rape were interviewed individually and confidentially, although in a of cases interpreters trusted by the interviewees were required.

In virtually all the cases, the survivors demanded anonymity because of the stigma attached to rape and its physical and psychological impact. However, testimonies collected by the researchers were ificant and enabled AI to get a clear picture of the sexual violence perpetrated between October and March During the visit to Bangui in SeptemberAI's findings were corroborated by other organizations that had gathered information from or assisted survivors of rape. AI representatives visiting the CAR in September were only able to interview rape survivors and witnesses in Bangui.

AI's representatives were unable to interview many people from those parts of northern CAR which had been occupied by the rebels. It was still unsafe to travel to northern CAR in September The focus of this report on conflict-related violence against women does not mean that AI ignores or under-estimates the abuses that men also suffered during the conflict. In addition to the risks of injury, death or torture, men also suffered from sexual violence in some cases. In one case, a man was sexually assaulted by a woman combatant.

He met a group of about 10 MLC combatants with local civilian guides in the bush near Damara. After the combatants robbed and beat him, he was taken to one side and forced to undress by a woman combatant. She forced him to have sex with her and threatened to tell her male colleagues to beat him again if he refused. He was treated for injuries and dehydration resulting from the beatings. AI deplores and works to end those abuses as well.

However, this report focuses on the abuses suffered by the women of the CAR as a response to the fact that women and girls are now the majority of victims of conflict the world over and that their suffering has often been ignored or misunderstood. During conflicts, violence against women is often used as a weapon of war, in order to dehumanize women themselves, or to persecute the community to which they belong.

Rape as a weapon of war has been seen in conflicts in every region of the world in recent decades, often with an ethnic, religious or political dimension. It appeared also to have been a deliberate tactic to humiliate the men and demonstrate their powerlessness to protect their women and families.

Girls as young as eight years old and women as Central African Rep woman seeking sex as 60 were raped, according to human rights and humanitarian organizations that dealt with rape victims in late and early Many were attacked in their homes, while fleeing the combat zones or at roadblocks. They were raped in front of their husbands, children or parents.

Some relatives who attempted to prevent attacks are reported to have been killed while others were threatened. Child combatants are among the suspected perpetrators of rape and other abuses. Some sources in Bangui told AI that Central African Rep woman seeking sex of the child combatants involved in rapes and other forms of sexual violence appeared to be as young as eight years old. Many of the women and girls who were raped feared being shot by combatants. Women who attempted to resist were sometimes reportedly beaten severely, stabbed or even killed.

Many of the combatants appeared to have been under the influence of illicit drugs.

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In virtually all cases, rape was preceded by or occurred simultaneously with the looting or forcible removal of the victims' property by the perpetrators and their accomplices. An international medical charity received the first rape survivors on 8 November By July when the charity ended emergency assistance to rape survivors, the charity had received of them.

The charity believes many more survivors failed to seek assistance for fear of being identified and stigmatized by their community or rejected by their spouses. Rape engenders shame for the victims, their spouses and members of their immediate family.

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