Mali civilians are facing violence and atrocities at the hands of armed groups, according to a report published Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The report stated that “[v]iolence in central Mali has been escalating steadily since 2015, when armed Islamist groups largely allied to the militant Islamist group Al Qaeda began moving from northern into central Mali.” The report details a number of attacks where civilians were both killed and wounded. The report also details a number of specific attacks that occurred in 2019.
The report lists a number of recommendations in light of HRW’s findings, including a recommendation to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. HRW condemned these attacks and urged authorities to protect civilians.