Amnesty says human rights must be a priority in Mali

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Since the beginning of the armed conflict in northern Mali in January 2012, Amnesty International has documented crimes under international law committed by all the parties to the conflict. They are now returning to the country and are asking all armed groups to prioritise human rights.

Tuareg and Islamist armed opposition groups have committed human rights abuses, including torture and killings of captured Malian soldiers, rape of women and girls and recruitment of child soldiers. They have also attacked and destroyed cultural and religious sites.

Malian security forces have also committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including the extrajudicial executions of Tuareg civilians, indiscriminate shelling of a Tuareg nomadic camp and killing livestock which the nomadic population rely on for survival.

Crimes are not confined to the north of the country. Amnesty International has also documented cases of torture, extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and attacks against political leaders, journalists and other people who expressed dissent peacefully in the south, where the capital Bamako lies.

Measures must also be taken by the Mali government to ensure justice, truth and reparation for all victims. Despite several enquiries being opened into some of these incidents, no cases have been brought before national courts.

10 COMMENTS

  1. What about Human Rights here. The Czechs say what's hidden beneath the candle (in the shadow of the candle) is the hardest to see. Amnesty are scum and more of a mechanism for which to rally public opinion in support of war. When I was in the French Army I was under-age, Therefore a child soldier and they knew it and there was another, a boy Spanish or Portuguese who was 13 or 14. They knew this and I also requested discharge within the given period many times at Castelnaudary and they refused.

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