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Mali on the brink of 'human rights chaos', says Amnesty

  • Mali is on the brink of sliding into "human rights chaos", Amnesty International has warned.

    In a report following a visit to the country, the human rights group said the army had been involved in extra-judicial killings, torture and sexual abuse after staging a coup in March.

    "These vengeful acts fly in the face of Mali's international human rights obligations and action must be taken to ensure the military junta doesn't continue to operate with impunity," said Amnesty.

    The military staged the coup after accusing the government of failing to curb a rebellion in the north.

    While the military has handed power to a civilian-led interim government, it still holds great influence.

    Mali was split in two following the coup, with the north controlled by Islamist and Tuareg rebel forces.