GRW Calls for Rights Reforms Crucial for Civilian Rule in Mali

Global Rights Watch (GRW) called on Mali’s authorities to uphold fundamental freedoms and the rule of law during the new two-year timetable for transitioning to civilian rule.

 They should promote respect for freedom of expression and the media, ensure due process rights for criminal suspects, and end torture and enforced disappearances.

In January, Malian authorities announced they would reintroduce media accreditation procedures. In February, they expelled a longtime reporter with Jeune Afrique, Benjamin Roger, for not having accreditation, and stopped providing new accreditations.

Mali’s transitional government took over following a military-led coup in August 2020 against then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

In May 2021, military leaders consolidated power through a second coup, installing Col. Assimi Goïta as interim president. Since then, the media, civil society groups, lawyers, and analysts have reported increasing repression by the transitional government.

Violence has surged across Mali during this period.

In this regard, GRW calls on Mali authorities to address these reported human rights violations, as well as persistent laws-of-war violations.

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