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Mali denies UN’s accusations of human rights abuses

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Mali has responded to accusations by the United Nations that its security forces were engaged in human rights abuses, saying the reports were false.

The Malian foreign ministry on Saturday, said the country is denying the accusations in its entirety as its forces have never been found to indulge in human rights violations.

The UN mission to Mali, MINUSMA, had, on Friday. released its quarterly note on human rights, and while accounting for the period between April 1 and June 30 of this year, said it had recorded several cases of human rights abuses and violations in the West African country.

The UN report said during that period in review, the violations were committed both by Islamist militant groups and state security forces.

It added that it has documented “serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law” by government forces.

In the report, the UN said tensions between Malian forces and MINUSMA in recent months have led to the country’s security forces clashing with members of the mission including the arrest of 49 soldiers from Ivory Coast who had arrived as support for a UN contingent on their arrival at Bamako’s airport, after accusing them of being mercenaries, in July.

A fallout of the arrest saw the MINUSMA’s spokesperson expelled from the country after he made comments on Twitter claiming the UN had notified the Malian government of the soldiers’ arrival.

The Malian government also denied the UN’s access to the Moura region in April, where it wanted to carry out a human rights investigation into an alleged massacre committed by Malian forces working with Russian mercenaries, the report noted.

But the country’s foreign ministry, in a statement on Saturday, called the allegations against the state security forces biased and made without “tangible proof and under the threat of terrorist groups, with an objective to tarnish the image of state security forces.”

In an 11-page statement posted on the website of Mali’s foreign ministry, the country denied all allegations leveled in the UN note that implicated Malian state security forces.

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Despite denials, new satellite images reveal Eritrea Army build-up near Tigray

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Despite Eritrea denying that its army is not involved in launching assaults on Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, new satellite images have shown its military building up near the troubled region in preparation for what many say will be a large-scale offensive.

Last week, the Tigray forces had accused Eritrea of launching a full-scale offensive along its border after a break down of a five-month truce between its forces and the Ethiopian government which saw an escalation of fighting that renewed in August.

But while the Eritrean government denied that its military was building up offensive against Tigray, satellite imagery provided by Maxar Technologies on Thursday shows battle tanks, self-propelled howitzers, and an M-46 field gun battery in the Eritrean town of Serha, near the border.

Other satellite imagery captured and shared by Maxar shows military mobilization in the Tigray town of Sheraro.

Since conflicts broke out between Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Eritrea has secretly fought alongside Ethiopia against the Tigrayan forces while rejecting allegations that its soldiers committed some of the worst atrocities in the conflict that began in late 2020.

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Finally, trial of Rwanda Genocide alleged mastermind, Félicien Kabuga, resumes at UN tribunal

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The trial of one of the alleged masterminds and financiers of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Félicien Kabuga has gone has begun at a United Nations Tribunal in the Hague.

Judges at the tribunal revealed on Thursday morning that the hearing will proceed although Kabuga was not attending the opening of the three counts of genocide in Rwanda.

Mr. Félicien Kabuga is accused of aiding and abetting hit squads in the slaughter of about 800,000 persons from the Tutsis ethnic in just 100 days, and of using a radio station to incite hatred against them.

Prosecutors argue that Kabuga is behind the most powerful weapon in the genocide’s execution – a radio station used to mobilize one ethnic group, Hutus, to take up arms against another, Tutsis.

The radio station is alleged to have broadcast hateful messages, describing Tutsis as “cockroaches”.

There has been the prosecution of some of the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in the East African country. In 2011, two key organizers of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 were sentenced to life in prison by the United Nations tribunal dealing with war crimes in the country.

Africa’s rich ethnic diversity is not void of clashes such as the Rwanda genocide. An ethnicity is a group of people who share an identity marked by a characteristic such as a language, culture, leadership, or inhabited territory.

Other African countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have all had and still share ethnic conflict.

Observers have argued that the administrative and structural divisions that came with colonialism account for part of the remote cause for inter-ethnic clashes in the continent as the post-colonial structures which many African societies continued after independence pitch the ethnics against each other, thus creating a rife atmosphere for conflict.

Beyond colonialism, however, the lack of the political will to maintain previous peace agreements, and to a large extent ineffective conflict management also contribute to the disturbing cases of ethnic clashes in Africa.

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