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Niger: Children killed or forcibly recruited by armed Islamist groups in devastating conflict - New Report

People have been forced to flee to displacement camps as a result of deadly attacks on villages © Mamoudou L. Kane / Amnesty International

Conflict raging at Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso Masked attackers have been documented opening fire from motorbikes and targeting men and older boys ‘We all are used to hearing gunshots and to seeing [dead] people layered on top of [dead] people’ - a 13-year-old boy ‘An entire generation is growing up surrounded by death and destruction’ - Matt Wells Increasing numbers of children are being killed or targeted for recruitment by armed groups in conflicts raging at Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, Amnesty International said in a new report published today (13 September)

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Mali: Military authorities must end arbitrary arrests

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Following yesterday’s military coup in Mali, in which soldiers from the National Committee for the People’s Salvation stormed the home of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and arrested him along with several other officials, Amnesty has called for an end to arbitrary arrests in the country. The human rights organisation is closely monitoring the situation in Mali and has also documented the deaths of four people and injuries of 15 others. Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Director, said: “We are concerned by the military junta’s detention of several government

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Mali: delays in 'red berets' trial prolongs suffering of victims' families

A Malian court’s last-minute postponement of a former junta leader’s trial is a blow to the families of 21 soldiers whose bodies were discovered in a mass grave in 2012 after they were forcibly disappeared, Amnesty International said today. The trial of General Amadou Haya Sanogo and several military officials, who are accused of kidnapping, murder, and complicity in the murder of the 21 Malian paratroopers, has been adjourned since December 2016. It was due to resume today but has been postponed again to a next session of the Criminal Court in Bamako. Malian authorities have justified the

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Mali: 'despicable' killing of nearly 100 villagers condemned

A devastated village after violence in Mali earlier this year © AFP/Getty Images

Call for investigation into lethal violence in Sobame Da which left dozens dead Central Mali has been riven by ethnic violence for months Following the reported unlawful killings of nearly 100 people in an attack on a village in central Mali, Marie-Evelyne Petrus Barry, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Director, has condemned the killings as “despicable”. She said: “This despicable killing of civilians shows a total and utter contempt for human life. “The growing unrest and subsequent violence reported in the centre of the country are characterised by killings, enforced

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Dec 18 2013 2:39PM
Mali: Children detained and tortured by security forces

Five Malian children have been detained in a military detention centre for over seven months. They are being held in poor conditions at the Gendarmerie camp in Bamako, along with adult detainees. The five children between the ages of...

Mali: Sunday's elections are 'important step' after two years of crisis

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Mali: Mutinous soldiers captured and killed in purge

Elements of Mali’s military appear to be carrying out a purge and extrajudicial killings of soldiers who took part in a mutiny at a barracks outside the capital Bamako last month, Amnesty International said today.

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Jul 30 2013 4:30PM
Zimbabwe elections: Amnesty directors in Africa speak out

When Zimbabwe’s elections were last held in 2008, the resulting violence and repression led to over 200 people being killed and 10,000 injured. The violence was so severe that hospitals ran out of crutches and 28,000 people were forced...

Mali: new briefing exposes 'appalling' human rights abuses in Bamako detention centres

French and West African forces have handed over detainees despite torture risk Civilians are among dozens of people who have been tortured, killed and disappeared, including while in detention, since the launch of the French army’s intervention in the country five months ago, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today. The briefing - Mali: Preliminary findings of a four-week mission. Serious human rights abuses , issued in the run-up to the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in Mali next month - documents dozens of cases of detainees being tortured or ill-treated after

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Mali: New briefing reveals evidence of summary killings of civilians

‘Many people are genuinely afraid of being arrested, or worse, by the military’ - Gaëtan Mootoo The Malian army has committed serious human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law during the conflict against armed groups in the country, including extrajudicial executions of civilians, according to evidence gathered by Amnesty International during a ten-day research trip to the West African country. Releasing a new briefing based on the research today, Amnesty also said that Islamist armed groups have committed of serious human rights abuses and violations of

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