ATJLF in Mali

Mali’s current socio-political crisis which started in 2012 has resulted in scores of human rights abuses including arbitrary arrests and detentions, extrajudicial executions, kidnappings, crimes against humanity and war crimes including sexual violence. As part of the peace accord signed in 2015 by the rebel forces and the Malian government, Mali created the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (Commission Vérité Justice et Réconciliation – CVJR). The CVJR’s mission was “to contribute to the establishment of lasting peace through the search for truth, reconciliation and the consolidation of national unity and democratic values.” The CVJR submitted its final report to the current military government in December 2022, but this report has yet to be made public. Between 2020 and 2021, Mali experienced two coup d’états conducted by the military rulers currently in power. In 2022, French troops stationed in Mali to support Sahel countries in the fight against terrorism withdrew from the country at the request of the Government. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was officially terminated in June 2023 at the request of the Malian government, with all UN troops expected to leave the country by the end of 2023. The conflict situation in the country continues to deteriorate, leading to more atrocities and violations of human rights.
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Spotlight Projects

AFVVRNM worked with female internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bamako and Mopti, to develop a better ownership and understanding of the transitional justice process in Mali. The project enabled female IDPs better understand the government’s reparation policy; and it supported the CVJR to address the problem of lack of knowledge among survivors and victims, particularly female IDPs.

Tribune Jeunes pour le Droit au Mali (TRIJEUD-MALI)’s project enabled survivors of the conflicts to document their experiences, access justice and advocate for reparations. Using both Mobile Legal Clinic and Stationary Legal Clinic, the project identified victims and survivors in remote communities in Bamako, Gao and Mopti, sensitized, informed and supported them to access the regional branches of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR) to give testimony.

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