HRW denounces possible “collective executions” by security forces in Mali

The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned “alleged mass executions and forced disappearances” by state security forces in Mali this Friday.

The organization has asked the UN Security Council, which will be on a mission to the African country on Saturday and Sunday, to “put pressure on the government to promote justice for serious crimes by state security forces and groups of non-state armed forces”.

HRW denounces possible “collective executions” by security forces in Mali
HRW denounces possible “collective executions” by security forces in Mali

The NGO assured in a statement that after talks with 22 relatives, witnesses and people close to those affected, at least 14 people had disappeared into the custody of the security forces since September.

“The interim government of Mali shouldn’t watch as its soldiers are embroiled in a wave of attacks,” complained the Sahel director of HRW, Corinne Dufka.

The organization has stated in detail that most of the reported attacks occurred during anti-terrorist operations against armed Islamist groups responsible for several massacres in the country.

He has also assured that some of the incidents are related to the unstable political situation in Mali, which has suffered two military coups in nine months.

“The Malian authorities should either bring those arrested to court and charge them with a credible crime or release them,” Dufka defended.

The organization has also denounced that several witnesses and diplomats have reported that at least three former government officials are being held incommunicado after their arrest by the country’s security forces.

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