UNODC supports legal reform related to human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Mali


As part of its Regional Strategy to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, UNODC organized a consultation workshop from 14 to 18 May, in Bamako. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice, the National Coordinating Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Related Practices, the Legal Drafting Committee, EUCAP Sahel and UNODC, the workshop was attended by 52 participants, including 15 women. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the legislative analysis and to make recommendations on how to strengthen the legal framework on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

The actors involved took part in a consultative workshop to analyze the weaknesses and strengths of the law on trafficking in persons which was passed in 2012 "during the crisis", as underlined by the Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee, Mr. Boubacar Touré. The first two days dedicated to the presentation of the legislative analysis report of the Drafting Committee led to its validation and to the expression of the need to broaden the scope of application of the law neglecting certain aspects; in particular, to the protection of victims of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and prosecution of authors of these crimes. The legislative analysis was validated and the recommendations were adopted to elaborate a specific law on the smuggling of migrants that would focus on this topic.

Picture of the participants during the first part of the event
Picture of the participants during the first part of the event

With clear recommendations validated by the Committee, the additional three days have helped guide a strategy for drafting a new law on trafficking in persons, and to discuss the different forms of trafficking in Mali in order to remedy it by revising the legal framework. The consultative process of drafters was supported in this process by qualified civil society experts, law enforcement officials and other actors involved.

UNODC, as guardian of the Convention and the Additional Protocols, provides technical assistance to support and promote the alignment of the national legal framework with international standards ratified by the Government. The Government of Mali ratified the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Additional Protocols on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants of 12 April 2002 with Act No. 2012-023 of 12 July 2012 on combating trafficking in persons and related practices.

This workshop is part of the PROMIS Project, implemented jointly with OHCHR and financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as the Global Action to Prevent and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants ( GLO.ACT), financed by the European Union.