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MINUSMA strongly condemns amputations of civilians in Gao region and calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice

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MINUSMA expresses its deep concern at the amputation, on May 2, of the hands and feet of at least three suspected civilian checkpoints captured by suspected ISIS operatives in the Greater Sahara in the village of Tin- Hama, Ansongo circle, Gao region .

These developments are reminiscent of the horrors that marked the 2012 crisis and should be a wake-up call for all those involved in the fight against impunity in Mali. “I strongly condemn these despicable acts. These corporal punishments inflicted by armed groups outside any legal framework constitute a serious violation of human rights, including the right of every human being to a fair trial before a regularly constituted court. These abuses are punishable under Malian law ”, declared the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Mali (SRSG) and head of MINUSMA , El-Ghassim Wane.

While working to strengthen the fight against impunity in all its forms with the Malian authorities, MINUSMA recalls that attacks on physical integrity as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment are by no means an acceptable solution to the public. under international law and are not constructive acts. for justice and peace. “I reiterate the readiness of MINUSMA to support the ongoing investigations by the Malian authorities to fight against impunity and to ensure that the perpetrators of these acts are brought to justice,” Mr. Wane concluded.

MINUSMA, in accordance with its mandate, is currently carrying out a series of investigations into these allegations of serious human rights violations and is continuing its efforts to protect civilians by deploying significant security means in the areas concerned to strengthen protection. Population.

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