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Monthly Updates

March 2023 | Referendum on new constitution indefinitely postponed

One of the key steps in the transition to civilian rule in Mali is the ratification of a new constitution. A referendum on a new constitution had been planned to take place on 19 March. However, the draft text was only delivered to the country’s de facto ruler, Colonel Assimi Goita, on 27 February, and a delay in the date of the referendum was not unexpected. Observers have noted that the current draft of the constitution will concentrate power in the hands of the president, and that there are indications that the current junta members are likely to seek that office when elections are held. This is a setback in the overall transitional plan, which is planned to culminate in elections scheduled for February 2024.

December 2022 | Ban on French funding for NGOs has wider effects

In late November, the Malian government implemented a law that banned NGOs funded by France from operating in the country. Some observers interpreted this as a response to France’s decision to suspend its contributions of development aid to Mali (official humanitarian aid is still being provided). The ban on French-funded groups had an immediate impact on the provision of humanitarian aid through NGOs. However, it has now had even broader effects, as all NGOs must now have their sources of funding audited by the Ministry of Territorial Administration -- annually for Malian organizations, and monthly for foreign organizations. This new legal arrangement has already made operations difficult for foreign NGOs and provides an opportunity for the Malian government to exert further control over NGOs in the future.

November 2022 | TV station suspended after editorial on threats to freedom of expression

On 2 November, the High Authority for Communication (HAC) suspended the operations of Joliba TV News for content it called defamatory. The content in question was an editorial statement made by the news director of Joliba TV News, Mohamed Attaher Halidou, on 30 September. In the editorial, Mr. Halidou had emphasized the rising threats of misinformation, intolerance, and threats to freedom of expression, and had called on the HAC to take action to deal with these problems. The National Human Rights Commission condemned the suspension of the station. This suspension comes after the HAC already suspended France24 and Radio France Internationale in April and added new restrictions on the activities of foreign media.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
20 855 720
System of government
Semi-Presidential system
Head of government
Prime Minister Abdoulaye Maïga (de facto) (since 2022)
Head of government party
Not applicable
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
Two-Round System
Women in lower or single chamber
26.5%
Women in upper chamber
Not applicable
Last legislative election
2020
Head of state
President Assimi Goïta (de facto)
Selection process for head of state
Direct election (two-round majority)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
16/01/2018
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
96.39%
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Human Rights Treaties

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United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
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International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
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International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
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Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
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Convention on the Rights of the Child
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International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
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International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
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Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
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Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
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Equal Remuneration Convention
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Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
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Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
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Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
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Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
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Regional Treaties
African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
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GSoD Indices

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