Possible war crimes committed in Northern MaliListen /
Serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes have allegedly been committed by armed groups in northern Mali.
That's what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay told the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.
She said it has been difficult to obtain information from northern Mali which is occupied by various armed groups, including Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
"These groups have allegedly committed several serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes. These include cruel punishments purportedly under Sharia law, summary executions, recruitment of child soldiers, children's and women's rights violations, infringement of freedom of expression and speech, violation of rights to food, health and education, and violations of freedom of religion and belief."
Ms. Pillay said credible sources have also reported numerous cases of cruel punishment, including amputations and capital punishment by stoning.
She condemned these human rights violations and called for urgent national and international action to bring an end to the political instability that has been fuelling the violence in northern Mali.