The deteriorating human rights situation in Mali requires more trained local human rights experts. These professionals have to be capable of drafting legal documents on human rights violations based on international conventions and corresponding national jurisdictions. To help human rights practitioners understand the relationship between the national Malian jurisdiction and international criminal law, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) West Africa and the Malian National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) provided training to select human rights practitioners in a three-day workshop in Bamako. The 35 participants were all professional lawyers, most of them defense attorneys with a human rights background, working in close cooperation with the CNDH. Special attention was given to the prosecution of human rights violations that may be instituted exclusively within the international juridical framework.
Group Picture of the Members of the Malian Human Rights Council (CNDH)
Participants of the FNF Workshop on the treatment of international crimes by national jurisdictions
The training promoted human rights litigation in general. In addition, it raised the profile of the national partner CNDH, currently the only remaining independent human rights organization in Mali with an international standing. In the extremely volatile situation in Mali, this project demonstrates FNF’s strong commitment to the safeguarding of human rights and the building of respect for civil liberties.