Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 February 2015

CAR: High-level UN and European mission to assess humanitarian crisis and protection needs


CAR: High-level UN and European mission to assess humanitarian crisis and protection needs


GENEVA, Switzerland, February 6, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A group of high-level experts from the United Nations and the European Commission will undertake a mission to the Central African Republic from 10 to 14 February to assess the current humanitarian crisis in the country, which has been deteriorating since last year. The experts will also look into ways of responding to the protection and assistance needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.


The four-day joint mission is headed by the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Kyung-Wha Kang; the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, Mr. Chaloka Beyani; and European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department Director of Operations, Mr. Jean-Louis de Brouwer.


The Central African Republic is engulfed in a full-blown humanitarian crisis with more than 438,000 IDPs across the country, including over 58,000 in the capital Bangui alone, and more than 423,000 refugees in neighbouring countries. Some 2.7 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance, while reports of terrible atrocities and attacks against civilians and aid workers continue.


The delegation will assess the new dimensions, scope and urgency of the humanitarian crisis in CAR and identify key issues, and propose concrete courses of action for promoting and protecting the rights of IDPs.


Through their findings, the experts expect to strengthen global support for the humanitarian response and advocate for peace and security with relevant stakeholders at local, regional and global level.


The delegation is scheduled to travel to Bambari in the Ouaka Province (north-centre) to assess the humanitarian impact of the crisis and the on-going relief efforts. They will also visit Yaloke in Ombella M’Poko, where more than 500 members of the Peuhl minority currently seek to be relocated to neighbouring countries.


The experts will meet with senior Government officials, UN representatives, international NGOs, donors, religious leaders and affected communities.


On 14 February, at the end of the joint mission, the international experts will share with the media their findings and preliminary recommendations at a press conference in Bangui.



United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


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