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Security force abuses in the Sahel will persist

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Significance

The report adds to a chorus of local and international voices denouncing such abuses as both morally repugnant and strategically wrong. Amid a broader trend of abuses that inadvertently escalate violence, there are also specific incidents that become individual political crises. Such incidents highlight and channel widespread dissatisfaction with incumbents, particularly in Mali and Burkina Faso.

Impacts

  • Token investigations of summary killings in Mali and Burkina Faso could inflame anti-government sentiments.
  • French authorities appear to feel increasing pressure to speak out about the alleged abuses too.
  • International attention is focusing on abuses in Mali and Burkina Faso, but Niger’s standing as the best governed of the three is slipping.
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