MOZAMBIQUE: WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN MERCENARIES, GOVERNMENT FORCES, AND ARMED MILITIA INDISCRIMINATELY KILLING CITIZENS IN CABO DELGADO- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Hundreds of innocent civilians in Mozambique have been indiscriminately killed by Al- Shabaab, Government Military forces, and South African mercenaries hired by the Mozambican Government, according to an Amnesty International report released on Tuesday.
The report titled '"What I Saw Is Death." War Crimes in Mozambique's Forgotten
Cape captured detailed accounts of violence against civilians by the armed militia Al-Shabaab as well as extrajudicial killings by government forces and hired South African mercenaries hired from a private Military company called Dyck Advisory Group.
Amnesty International said its recent report is based on interviews with 79 internally displaced persons from 15 communities. To collaborate the report and findings, the International Human Right Organisation said it also reviewed satellite imagery, photographs, and medical and ballistics information, including an open-source investigation of available social media material completed by the organization’s Crisis Evidence Lab.
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“The people of Cabo Delgado are caught between the Mozambican security forces, the private militia fighting alongside the government and the armed opposition group locally known as ‘Al-Shabaab’ - none of which respect their right to life, or the rules of war,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.
Amnesty International said the international community’s failure to address the Capo Delgado crisis made the situation escalate into a full-blown armed conflict over the last three years.
The international human right organization called on the Mozambique government to urgently investigate the allegations of war crimes while calling on all parties to the conflict to stop targetting civilians.
“We are calling on all parties to the conflict to immediately stop targeting civilians, and for the government of Mozambique to urgently investigate the war crimes we have uncovered.”
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