Human Rights Council Session 42 – Statement by the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the Central African Republic - Item 10

Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic

 

Thank you Mr. President,

We align with the EU statement. We thank the Independent Expert for her work and insightful findings regarding the human rights situation in the Central African Republic.

We are pleased to hear about the recent improvements in the human rights situation and especially about the adoption of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation between the Government and armed groups. However, we stress the importance of putting continuous efforts to implement the agreement by all parties involved in the conflict in order for the peace process to be successful. In this regard, we condemn human rights violations by armed groups that are signatories to the agreement, and the events of May 2019 in the Paoua area in particular.

The Netherlands is concerned about violations of freedom of expression and would like to emphasize the importance of engaging with civil society groups instead of silencing them. Inclusive dialogue will contribute to political stability and besides, it serves an important role in developing sustainable transitional justice systems, as it ensures that local initiatives are taken into account. We remain committed to provide capacity-building support to safeguard justice and accountability.

We underline the severe situation of sexual and gender-based violence in the Central African Republic and urge all parties to the conflict to obey their obligations regarding the prevention and punishment of such violence and moreover, to promote women’s participation in the peace process.

Mr. President / Independent Expert,

The report mentions the importance of a victim-centered approach. How can it be ensured that victims receive the necessary psychosocial services and how can the international community help in the provision of such essential support in order to empower the population to progress towards reconciliation and sustainable peace?

Thank you.