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HRW Accuses Russian Mercenaries of Killing and Torturing CAR Residents | News from Germany about Russia | DW

The international human rights organization Human Rigths Watch (HRW) reported on extrajudicial executions and torture of civilians committed Russian mercenaries in Central African Republic(CAR). In a report published on Tuesday, May 3, human rights activists said there was “convincing evidence” of serious human rights violations committed by Russians in the African country.

In particular, on July 21, 2021, Russian-speaking men at a checkpoint near the city of Bossangoa detained and later shot 12 unarmed men, the document says. HRW also documented “detentions and torture by Russian-linked militants” in 2019. The perpetrators of these crimes remain “completely unpunished,” the document says.

HRW urges CAR authorities to investigate crimes

Based on investigations by governments, UN experts and special rapporteurs, Human Rights Watch believes that Russian forces in the CAR include a “significant number” militants PMC Wagner. According to the organization, they support the government of President Faustin-Archange Touadera in the fight against rebel groups.

The HRW spokeswoman pointed out that the CAR government “certainly has the right” to request international security support, but it does not have the right to allow foreign fighters “to kill or mistreat civilians with impunity.” To show respect for the rule of law, the authorities in Bangui should “immediately open a criminal investigation against the militants responsible for the killings, wrongful arrests and torture.”

The report also notes that governments CAR and RF did not comment on these allegations in response to a request from human rights activists.

PMC Wagner participated in conflicts in many countries

Earlier, UN experts pointed to the involvement of the Wagnerites in the persecution and intimidation of civilians in the Central African Republic, as well as journalists, humanitarian workers and minorities in this state.

At the end of November 2021, the European Parliament called PMC Wagner “an agent of the Russian state” and sharply condemned the “monstrous crimes” committed by her mercenaries. The resolution refers to evidence of torture, extrajudicial executions, sexual violence, looting and the seizure of minerals in developing countries. The document also notes that for the first time about PMC Wagner became known in 2014 due to its participation in the annexation of the Crimea and the fighting in the Donbass. In addition, the mercenaries acted in Syria, SudanMozambique, Libya, CAR and Venezuela, the resolution says. In December 2021, the EU imposed sanctions on Wagner PMCs. The Russian authorities stubbornly deny any connection with the Wagner PMC.

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