AU, ECOWAS human rights observers deployed in Mali

Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The first batch of a dozen human rights observers has been deployed in Mali in line with a decision by the African Union Peace and Security Council and ECOWAS to deploy some 50 observers under the banner the International Support Mission for Mali (AFISMA), official sources told PANA here Tuesday.

The observers are led by Mrs. Reine Alipini Gansou, a lawyer and lecturer at the Abomey-Calavi University of Benin.

They will be deployed in the northern region of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal to take stock and monitor the human rights situation in that part of the country.

The observers are mainly from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

Cases of human rights abuses by Malian soldiers, targeting Arab and Tuareg populations, have already been reported in Northern Mali.
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09 april 2013 14:17:11

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