UN Urges CAR To Cut Ties With Russia's Wagner Mercenaries Over Rights Abuses

UN Urges CAR To Cut Ties With Russia's Wagner Mercenaries Over Rights Abuses

Andrew H. Sweet

On Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said, "Russian mercenaries engage in human rights abuses of civilians, extract steep costs in payments and mineral concessions, and deprive local citizens of critically needed resources."

The UN experts said many forces -- including Wagner -- committed systemic and grave human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, torture, disappearances, and summary execution.

The Wagner group, with which Moscow denies any link, provides maintenance services, military equipment, and training in the countries where they are deployed, usually with the status of "instructors."

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