United Nations Report Accuses Mali Soldiers of Retaliatory Violence Against Ethnic Groups

by Colonel on March 13, 2013

“The recent military intervention in northern Mali has been followed by a serious escalation of retaliatory violence by Government soldiers who appeared to be targeting members of various ethnic groups perceived to be supportive of the armed groups, a senior United Nations official warned today.

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that members of the Peuhl, Tuareg and Arab ethnic groups were being targeted.

The report is based on the findings of two missions deployed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to the region late last year, and covers the period from 17 January to 20 November 2012.

It highlights the human rights violations committed primarily by the various armed groups that controlled the three main regions of northern Mali – Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu.

” — Copyright 2013 United Nations

“Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traoré played down a UN report’s charges that his country’s troops had carried out reprisals against some ethnic groups during the French-led offensive in the north.

“I am not aware of so many abuses,” Traoré said during a visit to the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Tuesday.

“The media should not be echoing statements that do not correspond to reality” and reminiscent of “imaginary abuses”, he said after meeting Senegalese leader Macky Sall at the end of a two-day visit.

” — Copyright 2013 RFI

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