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Adamant Mali vows not to allow UN peacekeepers investigate rights abuses

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Mali has continued its stand-off with the international community, after breaking a series of diplomatic ties, the country has vowed to defy a United Nations Security Council call to allow peacekeepers to investigate human rights abuses.

Mali’s U.N. Ambassador Issa Konfourou told the council that “Mali is not in a position to guarantee the freedom of movement for MINUSMA’s inquiries without prior agreement of the government.

“Mali does not intend to comply with these provisions despite them being adopted by the Security Council.” Konfourou said.

The Security Council extended a nine-year-old peacekeeping operation of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali for another 12 months on Wednesday with 13 votes in favour.

Russia and China maintained their bias to Mali to object to the rights mandate of the mission and abstained.

Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Anna Evstigneeva described the human rights language in the resolution adopted on Wednesday as “intrusive,” adding that it “will not help to ensure that the Malians enjoy their sovereign right to protect their own citizens and to investigate any incidents.”

French U.N. Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere argued that “MINUSMA must be able to get access to the areas affected in order to carry out its mandate and to publish quarterly reports on human rights. The perpetrators of violations must be brought to justice.

The Mali War is an ongoing armed conflict that started in January 2012 between the northern and southern parts of Mali in Africa. According to a UN report, jihadists, armed militias and the armed forces in Mali killed close to 600 civilians in 2021.

Disagreements over right between Mali and international community is not a first time occurrence. In March Malian authorities and the United Nations disagreed over the killing of Jihadist fighters in the country after troops killed over 200 jihadists in military operations in the centre of the Sahel state, the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission

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Guinean demonstrators hit UN building in Brussels, Belgium over junta’s anti-protest policy

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Guinean opposition coalition have staged a demonstration in front of European Union (EU) buildings in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday in reaction against the ruling junta’s decision to ban public protest.

An order by the ruling military junta in Guinea suspended a major collective, National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (NFDC) that has been protesting against it.

According to document signed by Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Mory Condé, “the de facto grouping known as the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution is dissolved” and “this order (…) takes effect from the date of its signature.”

“The country or death!” organizers exhorted the crowd, which was watched over by a small contingent of Belgian police.

The rally demanded the exit of junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who overthrew former president Alpha Conde in September last year.

“We are going to try and tell authorities here (in the EU) that, no, it’s not working in Guinea, no, there has been treason,” said one Guinean civil society activist, Naby Laye Camara.

“They (the CNRD) haven’t come for democracy, they have effectively come to confiscate power and even the liberty of people,” he said.

The decision to suspend the pressure group has been criticized by the opposition. Cellou Dalein Diallo, who is the main Guinean opponent under former president Alpha Conde, condemned the decision, and rated it “a blow to freedom, justice, democracy and peace” on social networks.

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Somali government receives food aid from UAE as dought worsens

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE), has donated 40 containers of food aid to Somalia as severe drought and famine continue to ravage the Horn of Africa country.

Somali state media which confirmed the receipt of the food aid on Sunday, said the items which also include medical supplies, arrived on Saturday and would be distributed to millions of people who have so far displaced by the drought.

In a handover ceremony that took place in Mogadishu’s seaport, government officials said it received much-needed humanitarian assistance from the UAE in the presence of senior Somali government officials.

UAE Ambassador to Somalia Mohamed al-Othmani, who spoke at the handover said the food supplies include more than 1,000 metric tons sent by the UAE Red Crescent, meant to help Somalia fight the drought that has devastated the country.

“We are handing over a thousand tons of aid to the Somali government. You know that earlier this year the UAE donated 35 million Dirham, $9.5 million, to the Somali government,” al-Othmani said.

Somalia’s state Minister for the office of the Prime Minister, Hirsi Jama Gani, who spoke on behalf on the government, said the country welcomed the assistance and thanked the UAE for helping Somalia’s drought relief efforts.

“We thank UAE for this and previous assistance meant to help drought-affected people. We know the situation that our people are in who are in a middle of drought and calling other parties and Somalis to join the efforts to reach people in need,” Gani said.

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