We've just had news from Amnesty's team on the ground in the Central African Republic (CAR) where militias are carrying out violent attacks against Muslims.
What they're seeing there is horrific.
Bodies litter the streets. Babies as young as seven months old have been slaughtered. Houses have been burned and looted. Dogs are feasting on human corpses.
In a village west of Bangui, our researchers found a little girl who has been hiding alone without any food or water since the brutal murder of the whole town, including her parents, in a massacre four days ago.
This horrific scene is illustrative of the horror that tens of thousands of Muslims are experiencing across the CAR right now. The attacks have forced tens of thousands of families to run for their lives.
Please act now. Ask the African Union to provide peacekeeping forces to stop ethnic cleansing in the Central African Republic.
Dear [Leadership of the African Union],
I urge you to take immediate steps to ensure international peacekeeping operations (MISCA) in Central African Republic are supported to protect civilians effectively and stop the forced exodus of Muslim communities.
The African Union must:
Ensure the peacekeeping forces are utilized in the most effective manner, in particular, positioned in areas where civilians are most in need of protection.
Provide sufficient resources to the peacekeeping forces to enhance their capacity to rapidly deploy in all regions of the country.
Put in place the necessary mechanisms to ensure that peacekeeping forces do not in any way participate in the commission of human rights abuses and all allegations of involvement are promptly investigated.
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