Civilians killed in Mali anti-terror operations

Mali anti-terror operationsFrom RUDD KONTE in Bamako, Mali
BAMAKO, (CAJ News) – SOLDIERS countering the increasing presence of Islamist armed groups in central Mali are accused of killing scores of civilians alleged to be supporting the insurgents.
Rights groups said they had unearthed the existence of three mass graves containing the bodies of at least 14 men allegedly executed after being detained by Malian soldiers since the beginning of 2017.
Another operation the Burkinabe forces carried out across the border resulted in the deaths of two suspects.
Since the end of 2016, the Malian forces have allegedly engaged in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and arbitrary arrests of men suspected to be supporting the rebel groups.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has documented 27 cases of enforced disappearance, in which the Malian government did not provide any information to families about their relatives’ whereabouts.
The alleged abuses occurred in the Mopti region and to a lesser extent in the Ségou area.
“The perverse logic of torturing, killing or disappearing people in the name of security fuels the growing cycle of violence and abuse in Mali,” said Corinne Dufka, HRW regional director, in Nairobi.
In 2012, the northern regions of Mali fell into the hands of separatists of Tuareg ethnicity and armed groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
A military intervention led by France in 2013 and a peace agreement between the government and several armed groups restored some of stability in the north.
However, since 2015, activities and abuses of Islamist armed groups have spread to central Mali.
CAJ News

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