How Counterterrorism Campaigns Are Fueling Human Rights Abuses in the Sahel

Burkina Faso paratroopers participate in an annual counterterrorism exercise in Thies, Senegal, Feb. 18, 2020 (AP photo by Cheikh A.T Sy).
Burkina Faso paratroopers participate in an annual counterterrorism exercise in Thies, Senegal, Feb. 18, 2020 (AP photo by Cheikh A.T Sy).

State security forces in Burkina Faso summarily executed 31 unarmed people in the northern town of Djibo earlier this month, just hours after they were taken into custody, according to a recent report from Human Rights Watch. It described the killings as a “brutal mockery of a counterterrorism operation that may amount to a war crime.” The victims were suspected of collaborating with jihadist groups that have been operating in the area. Shocking as the massacre may be, it is by no means an anomaly in northern Burkina Faso and the neighboring region of central Mali, which have become epicenters […]

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