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January 22, 2014

Commission to Probe C.A.R Rights Abuses

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named a three-member International Commission to investigate all reports of human rights violations in the Central African Republic and help ensure those responsible are held accountable.

Those appointed to the commission are former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castañeda, Mauritanian human rights lawyer Fatimata M'Baye and Bernard Acho Muna, a lawyer from Cameroon and Deputy Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, who will chair the Commission.

The U.N. estimates thousands have been killed in the C.A.R. since the African nation descended into chaos last year after mostly Muslim Seleka rebels toppled President Francois Bozize.

Attacks and looting by the rebels sparked the rise of Christian defense groups and a cycle of killings. The U.N. humanitarian agency says 882 people have been killed in Bangui alone since early December.