31 Jul '15, 9pm

Muslims in Central Africa 'forced to abandon religion': #AmnestyInternational

LIBREVILLE (AFP) - Many Muslims returning to western areas of the Central African Republic (CAR) after last year's intercommunal massacres are being threatened and "forced to abandon their religion," Amnesty International said Friday. "Having forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee western CAR, anti-balaka militias are now repressing the religious identity of the hundreds of Muslims who remained or who have returned," said Joanne Mariner, the London-based rights group's senior crisis response adviser. Thousands died in violence and hundreds of thousands remain displaced from their homes following a March 2013 coup. Atrocities committed by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels led to reprisals by vigilantes, so-called anti-balaka, from the Christian majority. The Amnesty report, entitled "Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central African Republic," said...

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