Mali

Journalist assaulted, opposition protests banned and dispersed

On 29th November 2018, journalist and managing editor of malimedias.com, an online news outlet, El Hadji Hamidou Touré was assaulted and threatened by the secretary general of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR), Colonel Abdoulaye Makalou, on 29th November 2018. Read more

Journalist assaulted, opposition protests banned and dispersed
French

Media freedoms violations surrounding Mali's presidential elections

According to Internet without Borders, there has been an "escalation of the method of censorship of the Malian internet" surrounding the presidential elections, with technical restrictions to prevent the use of VPNs and social networks on the eve of the presidential run-off elections on 15th August, preceded by a restricted access to the main social networks by provider Orange Mali. Julie Owono of Internet without Borders said: Read more

Media freedoms violations surrounding Mali's presidential elections

Police disperse protest against the ill-treatment of migrants by Algerian authorities

On 12th March, police officers dispersed a youth protest with tear gas and batons, resulting in several injuries and arrests being made. The protest mobilised dozens of youth recently deported from Algeria and took place in front of the Algerian Embassy in the Daoudabougou neighbourhood in Bamako. Read more

Police disperse protest against the ill-treatment of migrants by Algerian authorities

Three journalists arrested in Mali on dubious allegations then later released

On 21st February, police arrested three journalists - Salif Diarrah, Aliou Hasseye and Issa Coulibaly - from the online news portal Maliactu.net on accusations of trying to extort a municipal authority. The officers also confiscated some of their materials. The arrests are reportedly connected to a complaint from the mayor of Koumaniana, who has allegedly been the target of blackmail involving a compromising video. Read more

Three journalists arrested in Mali on dubious allegations then later released

Mali - third African country to adopt law on protection of HRDs

On 12th January 2018, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita enacted the Law on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), which was approved by Mali's parliament on 13th December 2017. The law, initially adopted by the Council of Minister in January 2017, comes after years of persistent advocacy and negotiation by Malian civil society groups. Read more

Mali - third African country to adopt law on protection of HRDs

Protests against French 'Barkhane' operation in Kidal

On 2nd October 2017, a protest of mainly women broke out against the presence of the French anti-terrorism mission 'Barkhane' in Kidal, in northern Mali, in front of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The protests became more widespread to the whole population between 6th and 9th October. The trigger for the protests was an operation that took place on 1st October, protesters blaming the troops of using automatic rifles and explosives, and an attack on their personal life. According to the commanding officer, the protests are a 'manipulation' of the local population. Read more

Tags: protest | women
Protests against French 'Barkhane' operation in Kidal

Touche pas à ma Constitution campaign a success: plans to revise constitution suspended

The controversial plans to revise the Constitution, with a referendum initially foreseen early July, has led to protests, as previously reported by the Monitor, and a 'series of threats and intimidation' against activists and journalists. On 18th August 2017, the President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta suspended on 18th August his plans to revise the Constitution, in what can be seen as a victory of civil society and citizens, and especially the platform AN TE A BANA -Touche pas à ma Constitution (Don't touch my Constitution), which organises civil society groups, unions and opposition groups, was set up to oppose the revisions of the Constitution. Read more

Touche pas à ma Constitution campaign a success: plans to revise constitution suspended

Protesters mobilise against proposed constitutional revisions

Several protests took place in Mali since the adoption of a draft law seeking to change the Constitution in the night of 2nd and 3rd June 2017, with a planned referendum on the question on 9th July 2017. According the Government, the revision is necessary to be able to implement some of provisions of the peace agreement of 2015, signed between the Government and the Touareg-led rebel alliance and foresees the creation of a Senate and a Court of Auditors. Read more

Protesters mobilise against proposed constitutional revisions

Malian Journalist abducted and interrogated for controversial article

Having written an article on a sensitive topic journalist Ammy Baba Cissé, was kidnapped in front of the Grand Hotel in Bamako, interrogated for several hours, then finally released. Read more

Malian Journalist abducted and interrogated for controversial article

Victory for Malian civil society as Ministers adopt HRD protection bill

On 4th January, government ministers in Mali adopted a draft bill on the promotion and protection of human rights defenders (HRDs). Read more

Victory for Malian civil society as Ministers adopt HRD protection bill