Keyword: human rights

France's silence over civilians killed by Malian soldiers in joint operations

Patrol by French soldiers in the streets of Gao, in Mali, December 4th 2021. © Thomas Coex/AFP Patrol by French soldiers in the streets of Gao, in Mali, December 4th 2021. © Thomas Coex/AFP

A year ago the French military bombed a wedding ceremony at Bounty in Mali, killing 22 men, of whom 19 were civilians. This terrible blunder was widely covered by the media at the time. But abuses committed in the following weeks and in the same region by the Malian army passed unnoticed. As Rémi Carayol reports, it would have been hard for French troops, who were on the ground with their Malian colleagues as part of a wide-ranging counter-insurgency operation, not to have been aware of what was going on. Yet the French military have remained silent about the incidents.

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