Mali Military and Human Rights Violations

The Guardian writes “There are growing reports of extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses in Mali, as troops battle Islamist militants in the west African country.”.

France 24 reports that “Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told FRANCE 24 on Wednesday that Mali’s army may be committing human rights abuses as it seeks to oust the Islamists controlling the country’s north, calling for “vigilance” in avoiding any misconduct”

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) writes “FIDH is very alarmed by the increasing number of summary executions and other human rights violations committed by Malian soldiers in the context of the counter-attack led by the French and Malian armies against the Jihadists, and calls for the immediate establishment of an independent investigation commission to assess the scope of these abuses and sanction the perpetrators.”

A news search on Google turns up a slew of reports on violations of human rights by the Mali army regarding civilians. Hard to know who the good guys and the bad guys are in Mali.

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