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02/02/2013

Mali: Senior UN Genocide Official Warns of Reprisals against Tuareg and Arabs

Human Wrongs Watch

A senior United Nations official warned of the risk of reprisal attacks against Tuareg and Arab civilians in various regions of northern Mali and urged the country’s military to protect all citizens regardless of their ethnic affiliation.

In Diabaly, Mali, citizens tell of two Tuareg families who were forced to flee their village and are now hiding in the town. Photo: IRIN/Katarina Hoije

In Diabaly, Mali, citizens tell of two Tuareg families who were forced to flee their village and are now hiding in the town. Photo: IRIN/Katarina Hoije

“While the liberation of towns once under the control of the rebel and extremist groups has brought hope to the populations of northern Mali, I am deeply concerned at the risk of reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuareg and Arab civilians,” the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, said on 1 February 2013 in a statement.

Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali last January, after which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The conflict uprooted thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request military assistance from France to stop the progression of extremist groups.

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