Home About Kuna Advertise Contact Us Kuna's Bureaus Services Term Of Use
Register Login
facebook Twitter Youtube rss
His Highness the Amir sends congratulatory cable to Qatari peer      Bahrain detains 5-member terror cell      Italian PM does not rule out military intervention in Libya      Bahrain, Jordan monarchs discuss ties, regional issues      Qatar welcomes Saudi King initiative on Egypt      Candidacy for Sudanese general elections to open January 11      US repatriates 4 Afghan detainees from Guantanamo      Four gunmen killed in E. Saudi Arabia      Blast injures three policemen in Bahrain      Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing with Gaza on Sun, Mon.
  Politics
Human rights group in France cites abuses by Malian army
23/01/2013   |   09:45 PM | World News
تصغير الخطالشكل الأساسيتكبير الخط
PARIS, Jan 23 (KUNA) -- The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said on Wednesday that it is "very alarmed" by emerging evidence of human rights violations by the Malian army that is seeking to rout Islamist-led groups from the north of the country.
The Malian army is supported by a large deployment of French troops and France has said it is "very attentive" to respect for human rights during the campaign against the Islamic extremist groups.
Nonetheless, the FIDH said that there were "an increasing number of summary executions and other human rights violations committed by Malian soldiers in the context of the counter-attack led by the French and Malian (armies) against the Jihadists." A statement issued here called for the immediate formation of an independent commission to "assess the scope of these abuses and sanction the perpetrators." France intervened militarily in Mali on January 10 and has pushed the rebel groups north, with the use of airpower and ground troops.
The Malian army has been actively involved in the fighting, supported by crack French troops and air strikes.
The FIDH said it had learned of a number of summary executions carried out by the Malian armed as early as the first day of the French intervention and moves against the rebels.
The statement here said that executions were carried out in the town of Sevare, where at least 11 people were killed in a military camp.
The human rights group also said it had "reliable information" that another 20 people were executed in the same area and were hastily disposed of in local wells.
Journalists in the area corroborated these reports upon examining a well in the area and reported the stench of dead bodies, although no count was established.
Tuareg tribesmen are also reported to have been killed by the Malian forces - at least two executions have been logged - and there are reports of other abuses in the areas that have been retaken by Malian soldiers.
France came out strongly this week in assuring the public that it was very, very focused on the issue of human fights and was doing everything to prevent any abuses.
"There will be no reprisals," a Foreign Ministry official said, but it is not clear if France has full control over the Malian troops in the field, especially in situations where it is ensuring only a support role.
"These series of grave exactions confirm the concerns that we have been expressing for several weeks. These acts of revenge together with the extreme tensions that exist between the communities constitute an explosive cocktail leading us to fear that the worst could happen, especially with regard to prospects for reconquering the North" said Souhayr Belhassen, FIDH President, in a statement here.
In addition to calling for an enquiry, and perhaps the implication of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is already mulling an investigation of Jihadist crimes in Mali, the FIDH urged human rights training for Malian forces and better supervision of these troops in the field. (end) jk.mt KUNA 232145 Jan 13NNNN
 Print
  Email
 Save
Share
Share
Honoring Kuwait 2014


KUNA publishes a book titled (His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: A Humanitarian Leader) to commemorate the UN honoring of Kuwait's leader

kuna magazien


Most Read Most Emailed  
1.   Khartoum demands immediate steps from Juba on rebels
2.   Kuwait Energy announces new oil discovery in Egypt
3.   Syrian troops suffer 50 fatalities in Idlib
4.   His Highness the Amir's care for Sheikh Salem's Informatics Award a major motive -- Sheikha Aida
5.   Air ambulance initiative in Kuwait to save lives -- official
6.   Kuwait crude oil price down to USD 56.70 pb
    Photo Gallery

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Dr. Adeeba Al-Harban

the photo-sharing application "Instagram"

Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah

Kuwait's Minister of Education and Higher Education Bader Al-Essa

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

European Parliament President Martin Schulz

Head of the Red Crescents Societies of the Gulf Coopertion council (GCC) Issa al-Ishaq distributing relief aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Head of the Red Crescents Societies of the Gulf Coopertion council (GCC) Issa al-Ishaq

OPEC

First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Abdulmohsen Al-Madaj

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attends Crown Prince Football Cup final

Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE)

National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim receives Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq

Sheikh Duaij Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the head of the club's drag race committee

Chairperson of the Trustees' Board, Sheikha Aida Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah
Publications

WEATHER
PRAYER
CURRENCIES
KUWAIT AIRPORT
    Calendar
About KUNA KUNA SERVICES USEFUL LINKS KUNA ARCHIVE KUNA PUBLICATIONS
Home
About Kuna
Advertise
Contact Us
Kuna's Bureaus
Services
Term Of Use
Read The Whole Newscast
Pictures (during the week)
FTP Service
KUNA training center
KUNA Reader
SMS Services
الكويت فى ذاكرة الأيام
Job Application
Careers
Arab News Agencies
International News Agencies
Governmental Institutes
Banks in Kuwait
News Paper
Local Companies
other useful links
Prayer Times
News Archive
Other News Services
Today In Kuwait's History
Events
Training Sessions
Videos
All KUNA right are reserved © 2012. This site is designed and published by IDS