Human Rights Watch, HRW is calling for an urgent investigation into the deaths of no fewer than 180 men buried in mass graves discovered in northern Burkina Faso in recent months.
The international watchdog in a report released Wednesday suggests they were extrajudicially executed by the army.
HRW’s Sahel director, Corinne Dufka said it is critical to have impartial investigations, evidence properly gathered, and families informed about what happened to their loved ones.”
The dead, who were men targeted by the insurgents for recruitment – were buried by residents of the northern town of Djibo between April and May.
In response to the allegations, the government said it would open an inquiry, adding that executions may have been committed by armed groups who used the army uniforms and munitions when they attack.