UN seeks to put human rights experts into new Sahel force

UN seeks to put human rights experts into new Sahel force

 

New York (OIC-UNA) - The United Nations is seeking to put human rights advisers and monitors into the 5,000-troop African force that is charged with fighting extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region.

Assistant Secretary-General Andrew Gilmour, the deputy human rights chief who recently visited Mali, told reporters Friday that he told senior military officials from the five troop-contributing countries that protecting human rights can help unlock funding for the force.

The five nations � Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad � have been grappling with a growing menace from extremists, including the Daesh group, Boko Haram and groups linked to Al-Qaeda's North Africa branch. Gilmour said his office is preparing proposals for the force on protecting human rights which it hopes to send in the next few days.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

 

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