International Development Law Organization

Mali

In 2012, a secessionist rebellion cut off northern Mali and imposed a harsh form of Shari’a law in the territories it controlled. Following the defeat of the insurgency, Mali has been striving to reassert statehood. But an effective redeployment of state institutions in the North, including a functional criminal justice system, has yet to take place. In addition to infrastructure problems, insecurity, endemic corruption, and a general shortage of capacity and resources all converge to limit access to justice. There is an overall lack of accountability. Both by tradition and due to the dysfunctional state of the courts, most Malians rely on customary law structures. Yet these often fail to comply with either domestic law or international standards. IDLO has been supporting efforts to improve access to lawful and effective criminal law dispute resolution mechanisms. We also support Malian civil society organizations and other non-state actors in monitoring and evaluating progress.      

IDLO welcomes Mali as new Member Party

Rome, November 28, 2017 – The Republic of Mali has joined the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the only intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law.

Mali’s accession took place during IDLO’s annual meeting of the Assembly of Parties, hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome on November 28, 2017.

“Today is a big day for us and our country,” said H.E. Bruno Maiga of Mali. “My thanks and all my gratitude go to IDLO for all they have done in Mali.”

IDLO launches program to strengthen criminal justice chain in Northern Mali

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PRESS RELEASE: (Mopti, Mali)- December, 7, 2016 – The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) held a meeting today to launch its program in Mali, aimed at strengthening the criminal justice chain in the north of the country. The program is being implemented in four regions of Northern Mali: Gao, Mopti, Segou, and Timbuktu.

Mali's 'Justice FM'

Mali’s crisis of 2012-2013, in which two-thirds of the country was occupied by Tuareg rebels and Islamic extremists, was accompanied by brutal rule in the North and a near-collapse of the state. Many victims have yet to see redress for the abuses they suffered; justice remains elusive.

Key Initiatives

  • Renforcement de la chaine pénale au nord du Mali. En 2016, l’IDLO a lancé un programme de cinq ans au Mali, financé par le Gouvernement des Pays-Bas : « Renforcement de la chaîne pénale au nord du Mali ».

  • It is only 25 years ago that Mali initiated its transition from dictatorship to a more inclusive democracy and a more equal society. In many ways it is, therefore, no great surprise that the country has not been able to either transcend personalised power politics or overcome critical socio-economic cleavages.

  • IDLO has concentrated its efforts on the city of Mopti. As well as an important commercial center and Mali's country's main port, Mopti forms both the geographic and symbolic link between the country's North and South. During the conflict, it served as a frontline destination for displaced people.

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