• A boy in Timbuktu in front of a mural that reads “Peace” a few days before the July 28, 2013 presidential elections.
    A draft peace agreement to end the military and political crisis in northern Mali does not adequately address the need for justice for serious international crimes during the conflict. The next round of negotiations between the Malian government and armed groups involved in the conflict is scheduled to begin on November 20, 2014, in Algiers.

  • Mali ConflictHuman Rights Watch extensively investigated the human rights situation in Mali during the 2012-2013 armed conflict and the accompanying political upheaval.

    This document contains much of Human Rights Watch’s reporting and analysis during that period. In our advocacy we called on all sides to abide by international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and urged Mali’s government to take concrete steps with the assistance of its international supporters to address the conditions that led to the crisis.

    Key among them are strengthening the rule of law, holding rights abusers to account, and addressing endemic corruption. 

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Reports

  • Child Labor, Mercury, and Artisanal Gold Mining in Mali
  • Exploitation and Abuse of Girl Domestic Workers in Guinea
  • A Call for Action on HIV/AIDS-Related Human Rights Abuses Against Women and Girls in Africa

Mali

  • Nov 10, 2014
    A draft peace agreement to end the military and political crisis in northern Mali does not adequately address the need for justice for serious international crimes during the conflict. The next round of negotiations between the Malian government and armed groups involved in the conflict is scheduled to begin on November 20, 2014, in Algiers.
  • Sep 23, 2014
    Governments should make an urgent commitment to protect people from the harmful effects of mercury by signing and ratifying the new Minamata Convention on Mercury. The Minamata Convention, adopted in October 2013, obliges governments to reduce mercury use and emissions globally and is an important tool to protect the right to health.
  • Jun 24, 2014
  • Jun 12, 2014
    Many multinational companies now ban children from working in their operations, but child labor is still a central issue for them. In the globalized economy, products have long and complex supply chains, often reaching down to a multitude of small, local producers. Companies may source from businesses that use child labor without knowing – unless they take steps to ask the question.
  • May 20, 2014
    Health ministers should pledge to take comprehensive action to prevent and treat the negative health effects of mercury, a toxic chemical. The World Health Assembly is scheduled to discuss a resolution on the new international treaty on mercury, the Minamata Convention, on May 21, 2014.
  • Mar 26, 2014
  • Mar 21, 2014
    Mali’s government should step up efforts to investigate and prosecute serious rights abuses committed by all sides during Mali’s recent armed conflict. On March 17, 2014, Human Rights Watch sent a letter to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita expressing concern about the lack of justice for abuses during the armed conflict.
  • Mar 20, 2014
  • Mar 10, 2014
    The Malian government should seek broad-based consultation to ensure a credible and independent truth commission to examine abuses since the country’s independence in 1960. Two executive orders – one decree and one ordinance – establishing the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission will be debated this week in Mali’s National Assembly.
  • Dec 5, 2013