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Killings, ‘Disappearances’ in Military Operations

Killings, ‘Disappearances’ in Military Operations

Malian soldiers have allegedly killed at least 34 villagers, forcibly disappeared at least 16 people, and severely mistreated detainees during counterterrorism operations in Mali’s central Mopti region, Human Rights Watch said today. Mali’s transitional government should conduct credible and impartial investigations into these incidents. All were committed since the transitional government took power in an […]

Mali’s failure to ban FGM challenged In West Africa’s Top Court

Mali’s failure to ban FGM challenged In West Africa’s Top Court

 Mali’s failure to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) is being challenged in West Africa’s highest court by rights groups, who accused the country on Monday of failing to protect girls and women from “a grave and systematic violation”. Nine out of 10 women and girls in Mali have undergone the ancient ritual, which usually involves […]

Time to Tackle Violence Against Women In Mali

Time to Tackle Violence Against Women In Mali

The transition period could set the tone for new norms that future governments could live by. On 26 September, hundreds of Malian women and some men rallied in Bamako to protest against the trivialisation of violence against women. This was prompted by the revelation on social media of alleged intimate partner abuse involving a famous […]

ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

The Heads of States and Government of the Economic Community of the West African States or ECOWAS announces the lifting of sanctions imposed on the Republic of Mali following the 18 August 2020 military takeover in that country, which led to the arrest and detention of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and some members of his […]

The Mediation Of Women Leaders Of Mali On Ending The Socio-Political Crisis

The Mediation Of Women Leaders Of Mali On Ending The Socio-Political Crisis

At the request of the women of the Republic of Mali, who have expressed the desire to be supported in their initiatives to end the crisis facing the country, a virtual high-level consultation was convened, bringing together fifty-nine (59) women leaders from Mali representing different socio-political backgrounds, and the representatives of the Economic Community of […]

West African Envoys Meet With Junta

West African Envoys Meet With Junta

The West African regional bloc is holding talks with the military to determine the next steps after the coup. While the president’s ousting has been celebrated by the people, it has been widely condemned elsewhere. Members of West Africa’s regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), met with the leaders of the […]

Mali President Resigns After Military Mutiny, Dissolves Parliament

Mali President Resigns After Military Mutiny, Dissolves Parliament

Mali’s president and prime minister were seized by mutinous soldiers, plunging the country into deeper political turmoil. The EU has condemned the “attempted coup.” West African bloc ECOWAS imposes sanctions on Mali. Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on Tuesday he was resigning and dissolving parliament, hours after mutinying soldiers detained him and top officials […]

Ending FGM In Mali: “The fight Is Hard But noble”

Ending FGM In Mali: “The fight Is Hard But noble”

“You were born yesterday, and you are the one who wants to talk to us about female genital mutilation? This is what parents say when we try to talk to them about it,” says 25-year-old Coulibaly who is youth activist working with Plan International to end the practice of FGM in his community in Mali. […]

Militants Kill 54 In Attack On Mali Army Post

Militants Kill 54 In Attack On Mali Army Post

At least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in an attack on an army post in northern Mali, the government said, in one of the deadliest strikes against the West African country’s military in recent memory. Islamic state claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency on Saturday, without providing evidence. […]

UN Secretary-General Condemns Attacks On UN Peacekeepers In Mali

UN Secretary-General Condemns Attacks On UN Peacekeepers In Mali

The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned two separate attacks on Sunday against the organization’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which left one peacekeeper dead and four others injured. A blue helmet from Chad was killed and three others were seriously wounded when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in Aguelhok, located in […]

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