Serious human rights violations committed in northern Mali

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Kyung-wha Kang

Armed groups who controlled the northern part of Mali committed serious human rights violations in the region.

That's what Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang said in Geneva on Tuesday as she introduced the report on the situation of human rights in Mali.

She said the report documents allegations of extrajudicial killings and summary executions by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and other groups in the name of a particular interpretation of Sharia.

"There are serious allegations of summary executions of handcuffed Malian soldiers who were captured by armed groups. The report indicates that armed groups have been recruiting children as young as ten years old to participate in hostilities in Gao and Timbuktu as well as in some neighbouring countries. The report also underlines violations of economic, social and cultural rights of the population of the north including the destruction by Ansar Dine and its allies of mausoleums and mosques." (33")

Kyung-wha Kang said there has been retaliatory violence in Northern Mali where the French forces intervened to help the Malian government fight the armed rebels.

She acknowledged the public commitments made by the government of Mali to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law and to fighting impunity.

However, she added, these commitments are not yet sufficiently translated into concrete actions.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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