UN Urged To Press Mali Junta Over Summary Executions
Human Rights Watch called on the United Nations to pressure Mali in talks on Saturday to investigate summary executions and disappearances allegedly carried out by the security forces
Bamako, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Oct, 2021 ) :Human Rights Watch called on the United Nations to pressure Mali in talks on Saturday to investigate summary executions and disappearances allegedly carried out by the security forces.
The call came ahead of the scheduled arrival later in the day of a UN Security Council delegation in the capital Bamako to press the authorities to allow a civilian administration to take over following two coups in under a year in the West African country plagued by jihadist attacks.
"The visit will help the delegation better understand Mali's political and security challenges and to ensure the process of returning the country to a democratically elected civilian government by February 2022 continues as planned," the US mission to the UN said.
"Malian authorities should investigate a spate of alleged summary executions, enforced disappearances, and incommunicado detentions by government security forces," HRW said in a statement on Friday night.
HRW gave the example of 14 men last seen in September in the detention of the security forces and who have since "disappeared or are being held incommunicado".
"Mali's transitional government shouldn't be standing back while its soldiers are linked to a wave of abuses," HRW Sahel director Corine Dufka said in the statement.