As Malian troops advance, accusations have emerged of summary executions and other abuses committed against suspected Islamist sympathizers. Witnesses have described an incident in which troops rounded up and killed those without national identity cards at a bus stop, around the time the French intervention began. The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights has called for an investigation of the incident.
Malian army abuses on the population are new only to those who have no memory or only now beginning to inquire.
This document published by Amnesty ** one year ago exposes the indiscriminate bombing ordered by the Governement of Bamako
“It’s the civilian population who is bearing the brunt of this indiscriminate bombing. In Additions to human casualties, the attacks have killed dozens of cattle, camels and goats Which the Nomad Tuareg population rely on, “said Gaëtan Mootoo, Amnesty International’s researcher on West Africa.”
That’s why journalists are kept at a distance from the sites of the clashes.
Forced to comply with military directives that are keeping them far from the areas of operation by preventing them from going beyond the city of Ségou, the international and local media have been calling it a “war behind closed doors.”
The French and Malian authorities are preventing journalists from getting within 100 km of the areas where fighting is taking place. It is particularly difficult of find out what is happening in the embattled city of Gao, where phone networks have been down since the start of the week, preventing any contact with local residents, journalists or anyone else.
** The document of Amnesty was already published in the post
as I follow closely the developments of the situation in Mali since the uprising and declaration of Indipendece of the Azawad by the MNLA.
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