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09 Mar 2015 description

Arusha, March 9, 2015 (FH) – Human rights organizations have filed a war crimes complaint before a Bamako investigating judge on behalf of 33 victims in the north of the country, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) has announced.

The complaint identifies fifteen people suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity when armed groups occupied Timbuktu and its surrounding region in 2012 and 2013, says a communiqué published Friday.

09 Jul 2012 description

Arusha, July 9, 2012 (FH) – Six Western African leaders have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate war crimes in northern Mali.

The Heads of State from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso reportedly held a mini-Summit in Ouagadougou on Saturday to discuss, among others, the political crisis in Mali.

Over the past week, armed Islamist fighters have descended on cemeteries holding the remains of Timbuktu's Sufi saints, systematically destroying its six most famous tombs.