AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga
Some 527 Malian civilians were killed, wounded or kidnapped during the second quarter of the current year, the United Nations Multidimensional Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said on Monday in its quarterly note covering the period from April 1 to April 30. June 2021 on violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law.
“The second quarter of the year was marked by an increase in the number of civilians affected by violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law”, explains the document of the UN mission.
“In total between April and June at least 527 civilians were killed, wounded or kidnapped / missing, an overall increase of more than 25% compared to the first quarter (421 killed)”, added the same source.
According to Minusma, 50% of violence against civilians and their property was committed in the circles of Bandiagara, Douentza, Djenné, Koro, Mopti, Niono and Ségou in the center of the country, another 15% in Ansongo and Gao in northern Mali. .
The report indicates that the violence against civilians was perpetrated mainly by the Jamāʿat nuṣrat al-islām wal-muslimīn (JNIM), the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS) and other similar groups, adding that they killed, injured or abducted 54% of the victims recorded throughout the country.
“Then come the militias and community-based self-defense groups (20%),” adds the quarterly note from Minusma.
She further indicated that the Malian defense and security forces and international and regional forces also committed violations during security operations.
These represent respectively (9%) and (6%) of the total number of victims counted during the period considered.
In addition, MINUSMA commended the efforts of the authorities of the Transition to hold the perpetrators of human rights violations accountable for their actions.
As a reminder, Mali has been plagued by recurrent attacks since 2012. The deployment of UN and foreign forces since 2013 has not made it possible to stabilize the country.
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