Wednesday, July 15, 2015

French and German timber firms paid Central African Republic rebels more than $4 million to incite war and illegal logging. EU does nothing to stop imports of illegal timber to Europe-BBC

7/15/15, "Central African Republic conflict 'part-funded by European firms'," BBC

"European timber companies have helped fund the war in the Central African Republic through lucrative deals with militia groups, campaign group Global Witness alleges in a new report.
Traders in France and Germany paid more than $4m (£2.5m) to rebel groups accused of war crimes, the report says.

It accuses the EU of failing to stop imports of illegal timber to Europe.

Thousands of people have been killed in the conflict which followed a coup by the Seleka rebel group in March 2013."

Image caption: "Logging became a source of funding for rebel groups, the reports says," BBC  


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