(HRW) – The human rights climate in northern and increasingly central Mali remains precarious as a result of abuses and intimidation by Islamist armed groups, bloody intercommunal clashes, surges in violent crime and rights violations by state security forces engaged in counterterrorism operations. Slow implementation of the 2015 peace accord and the failure to disarm thousands […]

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(AFP) – Suspected Islamic extremists have wrecked a primary school in central Mali out of hostility to Western-style education, local administrators and paramilitary police said.”Armed jihadists who are ‘against Western schools’ attacked, sacked and burned classrooms in the primary school in the Ndodjiga district”, a local official told AFP, asking not to be named. Link

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(UN Meetings Coverage and Press Releases) – Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks to the open debate of the Security Council on sexual violence in conflict, in New York today: Let me begin by commending Uruguay and the Deputy Foreign Minister in particular for hosting this important debate.  I also salute the Security Council for […]

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(UNICEF) – Located in Sahel region of Burkina Faso, Soum is the largest of four provinces in the region. The province has been affected by rapidly deteriorating security since the end of 2016, due to successive terrorist threats perpetrated by non-state armed actors. The most affected communes are bordering the northern Mali and are in the […]

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(Children and Armed Conflict) –  The Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA), a coalition of armed movements signatory of the Algiers Peace Accord, which includes the listed Mouvement National de Libération de l’Azawad (MNLA), signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment and use, sexual violence and all other grave violations […]

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(The Global and Mail) -The Trump administration has given the green light to Canada to dispatch up to 600 soldiers on a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Mali, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding back approval as he assesses the volatile risks of fighting Islamist rebels who use child soldiers. A new Canadian Armed […]

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(AP) – A network of organizations seeking to protect children in conflict urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to add 11 parties to the blacklist of countries and armed groups responsible for grave violations against children. The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict’s recommended additions included the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, which was taken off […]

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(UNHCR) – Tuareg mother Fatimata and her cattle herder family hid out in the desert of northern Mali after violence between armed groups erupted four years ago, waiting for the situation to improve. But despite a UN-brokered Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in June last year, which sought to end years of uprisings in the remote […]

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