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US News Mali: the UN is worried about an increase in human rights violations

23:25  06 august  2020
23:25  06 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The United Nations Human Rights and Protection Division in Mali has just released its quarterly report for the period April-June. It illustrates the spiral of violence in which the country is plunged.

The UN noted 632 human rights violations between April and June which resulted in the deaths of 323 people. This represents an increase of 6% compared to the previous quarter. Armed groups, self-defense militias, jihadist factions, security forces ... those responsible are numerous. But it is indeed “the increase in serious violations of rights” committed by the Malian and Burkinabè armies that is particularly worrying. They represent a quarter of all human rights violations.

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The report refers to the cases of attacks perpetrated on the villages of Yangassadiou and Binedema, in the region of Mopti. He also mentions the case of Massabougou, more towards Ségou, at the beginning of June. Each time, witnesses describe summary executions or shooting at populations and point to the Armed Forces of Mali (FAMA), accompanied by militiamen or traditional hunters, in some cases.

The Burkinabè soldiers are also targeted by the report: they allegedly executed 50 people at the end of May in the Boulkessi area. The UN notes, however, that the authorities in Bamako have taken some steps towards ending impunity. Prosecution orders have been signed by the Minister of Defense. But the response remains "insufficient", regret the United Nations.

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