HRW documents torture by Malian army
27 March 2013, 15:09
Dakar - An investigation by Human Rights Watch has found
evidence that Mali's military tortured seven men accused of links to the al-Qaeda
group that occupied the country's north last year, prompting a French military
Human Rights Watch senior researcher Corinne Dufka spent
hours interviewing each of the seven victims, all of whom showed visible signs
All are from the Tuareg ethnic group, a community that has
been the subject of increasingly violent reprisal attacks by Mali's military
due to the role prominent Tuaregs played in harbouring and aiding the
extremists who invaded northern Mali.
The men described being injected with an acid-like substance
which ate away their skin. They described being subjected to simulated
drowning, akin to waterboarding. And they recalled being brutally beaten.