The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has denounced the widespread impunity for human rights violations in connection with abuses against civilians in Mali. Michelle Bachelet made this denunciation in a statement on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations (UN) is raising her voice in the face of the abuses against the population in Mali. In a statement on Tuesday 29 June 2021, Michelle Bachelet said that in the first six months of this year, the Human Rights and Protection Division of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) recorded 617 human rights abuses committed by armed groups, including 165 homicides (147 men, nine women, seven boys and two girls). This « represents an increase of some 37% compared to the 449 human rights abuses, including 121 homicides, documented from August to December 2020, » she said.
« Breaking the cycle of impunity
For the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, « repeated attacks over the past six months by groups such as Jama’at Nusrat Al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), as well as inter-communal violence, have claimed victims, » she noted.
In its communication, it states that « the increase in human rights violations and abuses is deeply worrying ». In the face of what she describes as « widespread impunity », Michelle Bachelet « urges the Malian authorities to break the cycle of impunity and to conduct prompt, thorough, impartial and effective investigations into all allegations of human rights violations and abuses, including those committed by the army », she added.
Furthermore, on this occasion, she urged the new government to take « concrete measures for the effective and rapid implementation of the recommendations of the International Commission of Inquiry, » she concluded.