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UN support in Mali may continue despite denial of rights probe

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Mali’s prime minister says Mali will renew a UN aid mission in Mali, even though Mali’s military government is blocking UN efforts to investigate alleged human rights abuses.

The city of Moura was the site of a military operation in which, eyewitnesses say, the Malian army and foreign soldiers summarily killed hundreds of civilians.

Prime Minister Choguel Kokla Maiga said he acknowledged the hesitation some countries have expressed in continuing to contribute troops to the UN mission in Mali. His speech was posted on the Facebook page of state TV station ORTM.

He said MINUSMA’s mandate is expected to be renewed in June 2022 and there should be no significant change to the mandate, even though some countries that are contributing troops suggest they re-evaluate their level of participation.

Several European military operations in Mali have been halted in recent months, including the Takuba Task Force, the European Union training mission, and France’s Operation Barkhane, following tensions with the government of Mali and allegations that Mali’s forces were being attacked by Wagner. Working with employed Russian mercenaries. , Many European countries contribute troops to MINUSMA.

The announcement comes after the United Nations was repeatedly denied access to an investigation into allegations of human rights abuses in the village of Moura.

In March, there were several reports of Malian and foreign soldiers, believed to be Russian mercenaries, carrying out summary executions of civilians in Moura, which Human Rights Watch described as “Mali’s decade-long period”. Worst single atrocity reported in armed conflict”.

Alien Tyne, an independent UN expert on human rights in Mali, issued a statement calling for a speedy investigation. Communicating with Senegal, he expressed optimism over MAGA’s announcement, but said tensions between France and Russia in Mali are not conducive to resolving Mali’s security crisis.

“If we have a place of polarization, tensions between the big powers, then I don’t think it’s good for Mali, not all of the Sahel, not even all of Africans,” he said.

Speaking from New York, Andrew Lebovic, a Sahel analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said MINUSMA’s mission is conflicting.

“There is a potential paradox here, where MINUSMA should support the transitional government, support the state, but also potentially investigate the state and protect citizens in some cases from the state, and this is something that the mission conflicts with.” is going to be dealt with clearly, especially if the current pattern of alleged human rights abuses continues,” he said.

MINUSMA also expressed concern about the recent allegations of human rights abuses in Hombori, saying in a tweet that it “intends to go to the scene soon.”

Both Tyne and Lebovic say it is rare or unheard of for the Malian government to deny UN investigators access to a site.


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