• Senegalese UNPOL Officers patrol the streets of Gao, northern Mali, in August 2013.
    The Malian government should act to curtail rising violent crime and abuses by armed groups and state security forces that threaten the security of the population in northern and central Mali. Two years after a French-led military intervention in the embattled country, there remains widespread lawlessness and insecurity.

  • 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

  • Apr 14, 2015
    The Malian government should act to curtail rising violent crime and abuses by armed groups and state security forces that threaten the security of the population in northern and central Mali. Two years after a French-led military intervention in the embattled country, there remains widespread lawlessness and insecurity.
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Jan 14, 2015
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to review the draft IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining. Below are recommendations based on research conducted by Human Rights Watch in various countries. Human Rights Watch has carried out extensive research on business and human rights issues, including on human rights and mining in India, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Ghana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mali, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 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 25, 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.