Descent-based slavery continues to afflict thousands of Malians in 2022

19/08/2022
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19 august 2022. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), its member organisation in Mali the Association malienne des droits de l’Homme (AMDH) and Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC) mark the "International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition" on 23 August and take stock of the practice of descent-based slavery in Mali. In a note submitted to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) at its 71st ordinary session held from 21 April to 13 May 2022, the three organisations highlight the resurgence of the practice of slavery, the inadequacy of the legal framework surrounding it, and make recommendations in favour of a plan of action to combat this practice.

Read the Note on the persistence of the practice of descent-based slavery in Mali in english:

This initiative is part of a broader effort by FIDH, AMDH and ASFC to eliminate this practice, which, although rooted in the traditions and customs of certain communities, is the cause of numerous human rights violations. In particular, ASFC supported the recent publication of a study on descent-based slavery in Kayes produced by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH-Mali).

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