To His Excellency, Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Dear Mr Macron,

On the eve of your trip to Mali, an unmarried couple was publicly stoned to death in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region, in the first such incident since jihadi groups were driven out of the region.

Human Rights Without Frontiers is very concerned about the persistence of this inhumane and barbaric practice in Mali and urges you to raise the issue with the political and judicial authorities in Mali.

Human Rights Without Frontiers also asks you to mandate your diplomatic mission in Mali to monitor the follow up of the investigation and judicial prosecution by the Malian authorities.

“The Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived maritally without being married,” said a local official. “They were stoned to death.” Four people threw stones at them until they died.

Another local official said the ringleaders had accused the unmarried couple of violating “Islamic law”, which requires punishment by stoning.

During their brief control of key towns in the north, jihadist groups imposed a version of Sharia law which forced women to wear veils and set whipping and stoning as punishment for transgressions.

In July 2012, the Al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine group stoned a couple in public in Aguelhok they had accused of having children outside marriage. (Brussels)

Best regards.

Willy Fautré, director
Human Rights Without Frontiers

For more information, see
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/17/unmarried-couple-stoned-to-death-mali-islamic-law
http://www.siawi.org/article14502.html