On the ground mission to investigate human rights abuses in Mali

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Boats travelling from Mopti to Timbuktu resumed operations in early February. While the roads and airports remain closed due to the conflict, the Niger river is the only way for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their homes in northern Mali.© UNHCR/H.Caux

A team of experts is due to arrive in Mali on Sunday to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the country. The United Nations human rights office says that the four person team will stay in Mali for two weeks.

Cécile Pouilly, UN human rights spokesperson, says it's vital to get clear information of what's happening on the ground.

"This fact finding mission will investigate allegations of human rights abuses, including allegations of retaliatory violence. It will follow up on the first mission which was deployed to Mali and its neighbouring countries in November 2012 and which documented various human rights violations including extra judicial killings, rape and torture."

The findings of the two missions will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council later on this month.

Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva.

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