Rebels and Government in Mali should Step Back from Violence | Freedom House

Rebels and Government in Mali should Step Back from Violence

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In response to attacks in Kidal, Mali, over the weekend during Prime Minister Moussa Mara’s visit to the region, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“This weekend’s horrific events in Kidal proved that the crisis in Mali is far from resolved” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs at Freedom House. “Clashes between the army and rebels killed and injured civilians, civil society members, soldiers, UN peacekeepers and rebel fighters. It also included the taking of hostages and capture of government buildings. This spate of violence proves that grievances are still rampant among the rebels and that Mali’s democracy is fragile. Freedom House calls on the Malian government, the armed groups and the international community to resolve violence through negotiation, and respect the arrangements for implementing the July 2013 Ouagadougou agreement. This would be a notable step forward in Mali’s recovery of full territorial sovereignty, establishment of rule of law, durable democracy and respect for human rights.”

Mali was rated “Free” in Freedom in the World until the March 2012 coup which downgraded the country to “Not Free.” Mali is rated "Partly Free" in Freedom of the Press 2014.

To learn more visit:
Freedom in the World 2013: Mali
Freedom of the Press 2013: Mali
Blog: Freedom at Issue

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