African Union peacekeepers accused of abuses in Central African Republic: HRW


African Union peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo operating in the Central African Republic have been accused of abuses, including torture, killings and detentions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday.The allegations – from witnesses, residents and local officials interviewed by HRW during an investigation by its staff – are likely to embarrass the AU peacekeeping mission, which suffered a blow to its legitimacy in April when Chadian forces were accused of killing 30 civilians.Chad denied the allegation, saying its forces opened fire after being ambushed by Christian “anti-balaka” militia.About 6,000 AU peacekeepers, known as MISCA, are working alongside French and European Union troops to try to restore order in the nation, where months of ethnic and religious violence have killed thousands and made nearly a million homeless.

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