Malians brutalized in fight against terrorists

Mali troops

Mali troops

from RUDD KONTE in Bamako, Mali
BAMAKO, (CAJ News) HUMAN rights groups are concerned by the brutality of security forces against civilians during a clampdown to combat terrorism and insecurity in Mali.

Concerned organisations have appealed to the United Nations Human Rights Council to press the government to put justice, dialogue and respect for human rights at the centre of the exercise.

“Governments should therefore encourage the Malian authorities to adopt all necessary measures to fight against impunity for the perpetrators of serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” a coalition of rights organisations stated.

Among the organisation that called for the guarantee of victims’ access to truth, justice and reparations are Association of Malian Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights, Malian Association of Human Rights, and Women in Law and Development in Africa,

Since 2012, northern and central Mali have been troubled by a conflict that has created thousands of victims.

The conflict has pitted government forces in the West African country against armed terrorist groups. This has degenerated into inter-communal clashes.

The human rights organisations are also concerned by the announcement on December 31st of the adoption of a legislation intended to provide amnesty to some actors of the conflict.

“We fear that several alleged perpetrators of international crimes, including sexual and gender-based crimes, will be exempt from prosecution,” read a statement.

– CAJ News





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