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Mali denies UN investigation into military and terrorist violence – Organization for World Peace

The United Nations recently released a report detailing the current humanitarian situation in Mali, where 500 civilians died between January and March this year. Attacks by military and terrorist groups have worsened the already intense security situation. This 324% increase in the death toll is extremely concerning and the United Nations is committed to opening investigations into crimes committed by both Malian military forces and terrorist groups across the country. However, the government rejected this request.

The Mali United Nations Mission, or MINUSMA, recorded 320 human rights violations by the Malian army during the first quarter of this year, which is a substantial increase from the 31 violations in the previous quarter. These human rights violations also revealed the Malian military junta’s inability to stop terrorism. Groups associated with Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have carried out attacks as violence continues to escalate.

Mali’s military has played an important role in shaping domestic and foreign policy, but has gained even more authority in government since the August 2020 coup. As a result, the former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was forced to resign, ceding power to the government. military leaders.

The coup began with civil protests in June 2020, when protesters called on President Keïta to step down, but turned violent on August 18.e, 2020, when soldiers allegedly started firing bullets into the air. However, this coup is not the first in the history of Mali. The army also pulled off a coup and took control of the government in 2012.

Political and civil unrest arose after the French left the country after independence, with corruption and terrorism becoming widespread. In order to control the civilian population, the military – and its contractors, such as the Wagner Group, a Russian private military contractor – responded to these attacks with violence.

Instability in Mali has created the perfect breeding ground for corruption and terrorism, which will continue to hinder both peace and economic growth in the country and ultimately create more instability. In order to break this vicious circle, a reform of all government departments will be necessary.