Human Rights at the Centre in Mali
Mbaranga Gasarabwe, UN Deputy Special Representative in Mali: “If the law is not at the center of discussions, the return of peace will be difficult in Mali.” The Alioune Blondin Bèye Peacekeeping School (Maintien de la Paix Alioune Blondin Bèye - EMP) in Bamako hosted the opening ceremony of the 5th Annual Training Session on International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 under the theme: "The International Criminal Trial.” This training session is jointly organised by the René Cassin Foundation, the International Institute for Human Rights (IIHR), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUMSA), with the support of the French Embassy in Mali.
The objective of the Bamako session is to offer the French-speaking public, from the Sahelo-Saharan region, access to expert teaching in the field of international human rights law and international criminal law and to contribute to the promotion of these in the framework of the national institutions of States and their jurisdictions. The opening ceremony of this training session was chaired by the Minister of Human Rights and State Reform, Kadidia Coulibaly Sangaré, in the presence of the President of the Constitutional Court of Mali, Manassa Danioko, the President of the African Commission on Human Rights, Soyata Maïga, Sébastien Touzé of the Réné Cassin Foundation, Jules Maaten who is the sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Mbaranga Gasarabwe and Guillaume NGefa of MINUMSA as well as many other personalities.
In his words of welcome, the Director of the human rights division of the MINUMSA, Guillaume NGefa made reference to a report published by the MINUMSA on February 1, which reported more than 600 cases of serious human rights violations in Mali. Following him, the René Cassin Foundation's Director, Sebastien Touzé and the representatives of the French and German Embassies in Mali all indicated that there is no peace without justice.
Jules Maaten of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom said that human rights are very important. "A society without human rights is a society where there is no social peace," he said. Mr. Soyata Maïga fron the African Commission of Human Rights insisted on repairing the damage done to the victims. According to Mbaranga Gasarabwe of MINUMSA, Mali is currently going through a difficult but decisive period in its history and it is the choices that will be made in the fight against impunity that will guarantee the return and durability of peace. "If the law is not at the centre of discussions, the return of peace will be difficult in Mali," she said. The president of the Constitutional Court of Mali, Manassa Danioko said that there is no rule of law without a constitution. Finally, the Minister of Human Rights, Kadidia Coulibaly Sangaré, who represented the Prime Minister, stressed that this session is in tune with the current situation characterised by a resurgence of unfortunate events such as attacks by unknown or uncontrolled elements of armed groups or bandits against the Malian armed forces. "These assailants of all kinds are destroying the efforts of all.”
Source: The Republican