Press release 28th march 2019.
The African Network on International Criminal Justice (ANICJ) deeply condemns the Saturday violence attack on the people of Mali. The Massacre that took place in Ogossagou, the central region of Mali, targeted the Fulani ethnic minority leaving over 157 persons dead including women and children. This act has shocked the conscience of humanity.
The ANICJ commiserates with victims and families of this horrendous acts and call on the international community to take serious measures to ensure that this incidents do not re occur and perpetrators be adequately punished.
The attack on the people of Mali and many other atrocious crimes being done in the African continent is a wakeup call for the Peace and Security council of the African union to activate its responsibility under article 7 and take stringent measures to maintain peace and security of lives in the region.. Citizens should be guaranteed their right to life and no one should be brutally or arbitrarily deprived of their fundamental human right to life.
The ANICJ calls on the African Union Intervention, the chairman should send urgent mission as well as the Rapid Intervention Force to bring stability to not just Mali, but other countries undergoing violence in the continent.
The ANICJ calls on the Mali government to stop the violence and prosecute those responsible for these inhuman and criminal acts.
Finally we call on the ICC Prosecutor, Madame Fatou Bensouda to open investigation into the Mali violence and prosecute perpetrators if the state fails to cooperate under the complementarity principle.