Target: President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
Goal: Thank the Malian government for seeking justice for the victims of enforced disappearances.
A Malian judge recently decided to detain three members of the country’s security force, for their roles in the enforced disappearances that were endemic in the area during a coup in 2012. The court has called over a dozen other individuals for questioning in relation to the disappearances as well. Malian authorities should urgently ensure proper security for those called for questioning while the case is investigated. The government must be applauded for their decision to investigate their own military and get to the bottom of these abuses.
The three suspects who were arrested, a captain and two soldiers, were charged with complicity to commit the abduction of around 20 soldiers during the coup in March of 2012. The captain, Amadou Haya Sanogo, is now a general in the army and was the leader of the coup. General Sanogo was the officer who gave the orders to abduct the soldiers, as they were not ideologically in line with the leaders of the coup. The enforced disappearances that General Sanogo and his men committed robbed their victims of the right to life, liberty and security. They also robbed the victims’ families of any explanation or compensation for their loss.
The Malian government is ensuring that justice will be done in this case so as to give families a sense of peace. The decisions made by the government must be applauded. While General Sanogo is popular among his followers, the behavior of those in his charge is unacceptable. Sign this petition to commend the Malian government for taking action to bring the perpetrators of disappearances to justice.
Dear President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita,
The recent decision to detain three men, allegedly responsible for the enforced disappearances of around 20 soldiers, is a sign of hope for the victims’ families as well as a step forward for the human rights record of your country. I thank you for your decision to bring justice to those responsible. I do ask, however, that the law not be bent in order to achieve the desired decision in this case. The judge appointed to these cases must be free of outside influence and safe from an attempt on his life.
The international community will not ignore the positive step that your government has taken. You are setting an example for countries on your own continent and also around the world, and we can all hope for similar results elsewhere. I thank you and ask once again, for the sake of the victims and their loved ones, that you follow through on your commitment to justice in this case.
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