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The Malian National Accord Law Threatens Peace, Reconciliation and Victim's Rights

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Lawyers without Borders Canada (LWBC) is deeply concerned by the adoption of the « National Accord Law » in Mali, which threatens the efforts of the State and civil society actors to build the rule of law, reduce impunity, and create national reconciliation and a sustainable peace.

Adopted by the National Assembly on June 27, 2019 and promulgated by the President on July 24, this Law opens the door to amnesty for perpetrators of crimes committed in the context of the 2012 crisis, and provides for certain social appeasement and reintegration measures.

As an organization actively engaged in the transitional justice process in Mali, and elsewhere, LWBC has published a detailed analysis (in French only) of the Law, assessing it in light of national and international law norms.

LWBC’s analysis aims to constructively contribute to public debate in Mali regarding the adoption of measures that will respect victims’ rights while contributing to an authentic national reconciliation.

It concludes that, while the government made some positive changes to the originally proposed Bill for the Law, they were minor; the Law as adopted remains incompatible with Mali’s international obligations and must be reconsidered.

Read the executive summary.

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