Malian Tuareg rebels on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Malian government forces during the recent conflict. Michael Haggerson, The Jurist, 07 March 2013
Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) announced that it has asked the ICC to investigate [AFP report] the alleged use of torture, summary executions and forced disappearances while attempting to put down the rebellion.
The MNLA was initially aligned with Islamists, but the two groups fell into conflict after the Islamists began imposing Sharia Law throughout the region. The Malian government has been accused of committing war crimes against people perceived to be collaborating with the Islamist rebels, including the Tuareg.
France announced on Tuesday that dozens of Islamist rebels have been killed [AFP report] during the conflict, and Chad claims that they killed one of the rebels’ major commanders, Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
An official for Isamist militant organization al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb also announced on Monday that another prominent militant, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, was killed in a French bombing raid in northern Mali.
France has deemed both of these reports to be unconfirmed at this point in order to avoid the appearance of celebration and protect the remaining French hostages in Mali.
The Malian government allegedly denies knowledge of these acts of violence targeting particular ethnic groups amidst scrutiny from international sources.
In July six West African nations requested [JURIST report] for an ICC investigation into war crimes in Mali.
Source: The Jurist