Target: President Dioncounda Traoré of Mali
Goal: To call for an investigation of the torture techniques and violent abuses conducted by Malian soldiers on seven suspects
Seven men were tortured and beaten brutally by Malian police officials in Lere. These seven men were believed to be supporters of militant Islamic groups, which provoked the abuse. As of now, there is little to no evidence supporting that these men were engaged in any kind of militant protestation, Islamic or otherwise. The Malian government needs to investigate these attacks and prosecute those soldiers who violated the rights of these seven men.
The men recounted being subjected to everything from violent beatings to torturous water boarding. All of the men bore some sort of physical remnant from the abuse. One of the men went blind in one eye from being beaten with a gun while another man had a broken rib and dislocated shoulder. A few of the men had been beaten unconscious, and almost all of the men had some kind of nerve damage from being bound in tight, uncompromising ways with taut cords.
It seems that this kind of abuse is unwarranted, as these men were fairly unaware of why they were being tortured in the first place. None of them seems to identify with any kind of militant group. This did not seem to matter to the soldiers who were torturing them as they attempted to correct their mistake by photographing the men holding Kalashnikov assault rifles with other items associating the men with militant Islamic groups. Clearly, these soldiers were abusing their power and operating under a dangerous paradigm of false presuppositions.
As described by Corinne Dufka of Human Rights Watch, “The use of torture by the very soldiers mandated to restore security in northern Mali will only make a difficult situation worse. The Malian government should promptly and impartially investigate these and other allegations of abuse or face an increasingly unaccountable military and deepening communal tensions.”
Sign below to call for justice for these seven men who were so contemptibly abused on false information.
Dear President Dioncounda Traoré,
The seven men who have been violently abused over the last few weeks need justice. The soldiers who carried out this brutality need to be investigated and prosecuted, or at least revoked of their position. These seven men need to be released immediately, and the government needs to provide all the necessary assets to bring relief to them and their families.
This is a clear violation of power. These soldiers were operating under false presuppositions and should have sought to provide evidentiary backing for the alleged crimes of these men prior to their detainment. Regardless, torture is the childish tool of tyrants and these seven men should never have been subjected to such abuse even if they had been guilty of the proposed crimes. Please make this right.
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