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Mali holds key elections amid Insecurity, fraud concerns overshadow key polls

Mali holds key elections amid Insecurity, fraud concerns overshadow key polls

Five years after an international military intervention designed to restore peace, Malians will vote Sunday with the vast West African nation still confronting the threat of jihadist and ethnic violence. While polls suggest President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 71, is favourite to see off 23 rivals in the poll, the main Al-Qaeda-linked jhadist alliance made its […]

Mali Govt Should Implement Recommendations On Rule of Law

Mali Govt Should Implement Recommendations On Rule of Law

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review for Mali, and, in light of ongoing concerns about weak rule of law and the dramatic increase in reports of human rights abuses both within the context of counterterrorism operations and combatting communal violence, we urge the government to swiftly and […]

Three Predictions About Mali’s 2018 Presidential Election

Three Predictions About Mali’s 2018 Presidential Election

It is hard to see how anything good, or different, will come from Mali’s election on 29 July. News from Mali just keeps getting worse. More than five years after French soldiers ousted jihadi fighters from northern Mali and nominally restored central government sovereignty there, the country has grown ever more unsafe and fractious. The […]

Malian refugee refuses forced marriage in favour of school

Malian refugee refuses forced marriage in favour of school

Sitting in her family tent in Mauritania’s Mbera refugee camp, 12-year-old Fatimata concentrates intently as she draws a flower on her school notebook. Behind her are piled the mattresses and blankets that were to be her dowry, had she not resisted her family’s attempt to forcibly marry her off to a cattle-herding cousin in her […]

Malian army cracks down on militia as presidential election looms

Malian army cracks down on militia as presidential election looms

The Malian army is cracking down on a militia in the country’s troubled centre in a bid to quell communal violence ahead of a July 29 presidential election, sources said. The Dana Amassagou, a militia which groups traditional Dogon hunters, has said it will stop the vote from being held in parts of central Mali, […]

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red […]

UN Central Mali G5 Military Base Bomb and Grenade Attack Leaves Six Dead

UN Central Mali G5 Military Base Bomb and Grenade Attack Leaves Six Dead

A daylight attack by militants in Mali on a UN compound has killed at least six people. A car bomb and rocket propelled grenades were met with return fire from G5 troops. At least six soldiers were killed and many more wounded when a car packed with explosives was blown up at the new, five-nation […]

Sharp rise in number of Islamist militant attacks in Africa

Sharp rise in number of Islamist militant attacks in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa suffers under a sharp rise in the number of Islamist militant attacks. In its report Changing Patterns in Terrorism and the Threat to Business, Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com), the specialist global risk consultancy, finds that the number of incidents rose from 317 in 2013 to 1,549 for the period April 2017 to April 2018. […]

The Niger-Mali Border – Subordinating Military Action to a Political Strategy

The Niger-Mali Border – Subordinating Military Action to a Political Strategy

The Nigerien government and its allies’ use of military force and non-state armed proxies to curtail jihadist groups along the Niger-Mali border is stoking intercommunal conflict. Niger should instead adopt a political approach which includes reconciliation, dialogue and, in some cases, pardons for militants. Executive Summary What’s new? A new insurgency is developing along the […]

Mali Presidential Elections Critical to Consolidate Democracy, Says UN Peacekeeping Chief

Mali Presidential Elections Critical to Consolidate Democracy, Says UN Peacekeeping Chief

Though the past 12 months had been the most encouraging in terms of advancing the peace process in Mali, security challenges still pose a dangerous threat, with civilians and security forces still being attacked, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Thursday. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that […]

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