UNSC adopts resolution to extend sanctions against Central African Republic

The United Nations Security Council resolution 2454 has been adopted unanimously. The features of the resolution 2454 are:

  • They extend the sanctions against the Central African Republic (CAR) for a year.
  • The resolution renews an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze till January 31, 2020.
  • The mandate of the panel of experts, which helps the Security Council with the implementation of the sanctions, until Feb 29, 2020, has been extended.
  • The establishment of key benchmarks in various sectors that could help the Security Council to review the arms embargo by April 30, 2019.

Sanctions against the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has been haunted by violence between Muslims and Christians since predominantly Muslim, Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president in March 2013 and seized power.

Anti-Balaka militias, mostly Christians, fought back, resulting in thousands of deaths and displacement. As a result, many fled to the country’s north and across the border into Chad and Cameroon. There was an incitement of violence based on religion and ethnicity.

The UNSC unanimously adopted the Security Council Resolution 2127 in 2013 as a response to the breakdown of law and order which saw increasing violence and widespread human rights abuses in the Central African Republic and it is being renewed subsequently.

The Resolution 2127 imposed several measures including a year-long embargo on the supply of arms, military equipment and related assistance to non-state actors in the CAR.

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