In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe condemns the bloody sectarian attacks witnessed in the Central African Republic, considering this an extremely serious form of ethnic cleansing against the country’s Muslim citizens, which represents a test for the entire international community.
The Federation follows with increased concern the continuing reports indicating the seriousness of the bloody massacres, and ethnic cleansing of Muslims through genocidal methods. So far, this has led to the forced mass displacement of Muslims from the capital, Bangui, along with extensive waves of Muslims fleeing from other parts of the Central African Republic, and seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expresses solidarity with the Muslims in the Central African Republic during this horrific trial, and feels for the suffering of women, children, the elderly and the infirm in these intimidating circumstances that are tearing apart the country’s social fabric.
The Federation emphasises the responsibility falling on the authorities in charge of the country, the French and African peacekeeping forces, and the entire international community for the protection of all citizens, and safeguarding their lives, as well as taking measures and actions to ensure an end to the massacres, and a halt to the violations against Muslims in the country, as well as creating the conditions for peaceful coexistence between the diverse constituents of the population.
The Federation also points to the importance of initiating the process of criminal accountability for these grave violations that cannot be allowed to continue in the world of today, through documentation and then prosecution. The Federation also urges the provision of emergency relief and help to those affected by this tragedy, especially with the increasing numbers of those displaced by the continuing violations.
Brussels, 21 February 2014
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe