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Mali: Trial of former junta leader must bring justice for abductions, torture and murder

The opening of the trial of former Malian junta leader Amadou Haya Sanogo is an important first step to put an end to an agonizing three-year-long wait for justice for those who suffered torture, as well as the murder and enforced disappearances of loved ones, at the hands of his soldiers, Amnesty International said today. Sanogo and several soldiers under his command will be tried on 30 November by the Assize Court in Sikasso, on charges linked to the abduction and murder of soldiers accused of supporting the ousted President, Amadou Toumani Touré.

Date:
28 November 2016
  • News
  • Mali
  • Armed Groups

Landmark ICC verdict against Al-Mahdi must be first step to broader justice in Mali conflict

Today’s International Criminal Court (ICC) conviction of Ahmad Al Faqi Al-Mahdi, a senior member of the Ansar Eddine armed group, must be the first step towards broader accountability for all crimes committed during Mali’s 2012 conflict, Amnesty International said. The ICC sentenced Al-Mahdi to nine years imprisonment for intentionally directing attacks against religious buildings and historical monuments in the northern town of Timbuktu between June and July 2012.

Date:
27 September 2016
  • News
  • Mali
  • Armed Groups

Mali: ICC trial over destruction of cultural property in Timbuktu shows need for broader accountability

In response to the opening today of the trial of Ahmad Al-Fadi Al-Mahdi, an alleged senior member of the Ansar Eddine armed group, for attacks on mosques and mausoleums in Timbuktu in 2012, Amnesty International’s Senior Legal Advisor Erica Bussey said: “Attacks against religious and historical monuments violate cultural rights and can cause significant harm to the local and sometimes broader communities.

Date:
22 August 2016
  • News
  • Mali
  • Armed Conflict

Mali: Armed group’s horrific siege of international hotel shows utter disregard for human life

The despicable attack on civilians at the Radisson hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako, reportedly by members of the armed group Al Mourabitoun, demonstrates again the total disregard for civilians that is characterising the growing violence and unrest in the country, Amnesty International said today. A little known group*, the Massina Liberation Front who recruit mainly from the Fulani ethnic group, also claimed responsibility.

Date:
20 November 2015
  • Education
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Women and Girls

When sex is taboo - Mali, Mexico, Morocco and Switzerland

When it comes to talking about sex and reproduction, the doors can close quite quickly depending on where you are. In El Salvador for instance, changing people’s views on abortion seems impossible: it’s illegal there and most people are against it. Around 95% of people surveyed there in 2012 opposed abortion for women who didn’t feel ready to have a child. Shifting public opinion in cases like this is hard, but not impossible – if you let young people do the talking.

Date:
1 September 2014
  • Research
  • Mali
  • Armed Conflict

Mali: All parties to the conflict must put an end to ongoing human rights violations

Two and a half years following the start of the crisis in Mali, in January 2012, which led to the intervention of the French army one year later, the security and human rights situation remains unstable. The country remains in a situation of non-international armed conflict with some northern areas still held by armed opposition groups including Tuareg. In addition, attacks by armed groups have led to a persistent climate of insecurity.

Date:
21 August 2014
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 37/001/2014
  • News
  • Mali
  • Armed Conflict

Mali: Children paying a high price in ongoing conflict

Children accused of being members of armed groups in the conflict in Mali are languishing in adult jails while human rights abuses continue, said Amnesty International in a short briefing published today. Mali: All parties to the conflict must put an end to ongoing human rights violations presents the findings of a research mission to assess the human rights situation in the country. “Children have suffered throughout this conflict.

Date:
21 August 2014
  • Education
  • Mali
  • Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

"You have to be brave. Do not be afraid to speak about sexuality"- Mali

Amnesty International Mali tackled the sensitive topic of sexual and reproductive rights by using human rights education to enable young people to create a comfortable space in which to discuss taboo issues with their peers, leading not just to talk, but to music and song. My Body My Rights’ by young Malian musician, Aly Traoré The Challenge: starting a dialogue on an ignored topic For Amnesty International Mali, there was a challenge in holding an event on sexual and reproductive rights, as they found that many of the schools they worked with had largely ignored the topic.

Date:
30 July 2014
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Killings and Disappearances

Mass graves in Mali: families want answers

By Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International I had just got off the plane after a trip to Mali when I heard about the discovery of the mass grave close to the Kati military camp, just north of the capital, Bamako. Only a few days earlier I had met family members who were desperate for news about the fate of their loved ones who disappeared after being abducted from the same camp in May 2012.

Date:
9 December 2013
  • News
  • Mali
  • Armed Conflict

Mali must urgently identify bodies found in mass grave

Authorities in Mali must urgently identify the 21 bodies found in a mass grave last night, believed to belong to soldiers abducted in May 2012, Amnesty International said. “Ever since the soldiers were abducted from the Kati Military Camp, their loved ones have been desperate to know what has happened to them. Authorities in Mali must now do everything in their power to give the families the full truth,” said Gaëtan Mootoo, Mali researcher at Amnesty International, who met with some of the relatives of the soldiers last week.

Date:
4 December 2013
  • Research
  • Mali
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Mali: Agenda for human rights in Mali

For nearly two years now, Mali has been facing the most serious crisis in its recent history. The country has experienced in rapid succession an armed insurrection that has called into question the integrity of its territory followed by a military coup. This document is primarily intended for the Malian authorities. It is the responsibility of the authorities to investigate all human rights violations and abuses committed by the Malian security forces and armed groups in order to ensure justice and reparation for victims and put an end to impunity.

Date:
30 November 2013
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 37/006/2013
  • News
  • Mali
  • Armed Conflict

Malian authorities must release children detained in prison

The Malian authorities must immediately release five children that have been detained in a military detention centre for over seven months, says Amnesty International today as it releases a Human Rights Agenda for Mali, in the country’s capital. An Amnesty International delegation, led by the Secretary General, Salil Shetty, met the five children between the ages of 15 and 17 in the military detention centre (Gendarmerie Camp) in Bamako.

Date:
30 November 2013
  • News
  • Mali
  • Killings and Disappearances

Mali: Mutinous soldiers captured and killed in purge

Elements of Mali’s military appear to be carrying out a purge and extrajudicial killings of soldiers who took part in a mutiny last month in a barracks outside the capital Bamako, Amnesty International said today based on its research. The bodies of four soldiers were discovered earlier this month near the capital and several others, including a Colonel, remain unaccounted for. These apparent extrajudicial executions and disappearances raise fears that soldiers loyal to General Amadou Haya Sanogo, who staged a coup in March 2012, are purging their ranks to quell dissent.

Date:
23 October 2013
  • News
  • Mali
  • Armed Conflict

Children in Mali conflict forced to fight, detained with adults and tortured

Children in Mali, some as young as 13, who were recruited as child soldiers by armed groups or suspected of links with them, are now being detained by Malian forces alongside adults, where some say they’ve been tortured, Amnesty International revealed after returning from a four-week visit to the country. The organization’s delegates spoke to nine children between 13 and 17 years of age who were held with adults at the Maison centrale d’arrêt and at Camp I of the gendarmerie of Mali’s capital, Bamako, on suspicion of association with armed groups.

Date:
14 June 2013