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The death penalty in Mali: When is abolition?

June 2018

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Message from the President of ACAT Mali

FIACAT and the World Coalition against the Death Penalty set up a joint programme in 2015 to increase mobilisation towards the abolition of the death penalty in Africa. The aim of this programme is to strengthen the capacities of FIACAT and World Coalition members, encourage African Union member states to make commitments to abolish the death penalty and raise public awareness.

In this context, FIACAT and ACAT Mali organised a training workshop on 29 and 30 September 2014 in Bamako (Mali) for 20 participants: Muslim and Christian religious, traditional leaders, members of civil society organisations, journalists, members of the Malian National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and parliamentarians. After this workshop, FIACAT and ACAT Mali released a publication to raise awareness among opinion-leaders on the abolition of the death penalty in Mali, taking into consideration the specific needs of the country.

To follow up this workshop and encourage the Malian authorities to move towards the abolition of the death penalty, FIACAT and ACAT Mali are organising, jointly with some traditional and religious leaders, a field mission to Bamako in June 2018 which aims to raise awareness among political and Malian decision-makers so that they adopt a law on the abolition of the death penalty in Mali and support the draft Additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty in Africa.

ACAT Mali and FIACAT wish to take advantage of this event to thank the Agence française de développement (AFD) and the International organization of la Francophonie (OIF) for their support in the implementation of these activities.

Luc DIARRA
President of ACAT Mali

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