MARIE RODET, PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON ”It is urgent to advocate a law criminalising slavery…and its effective application’ Article : Marie Rodet is Professor of African History at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. For over 15 years, she has been researching the history of slavery in the Kayes region. She analyses how the
Version en français ci-dessous Versão portuguesa abaixo Resistance to Slavery in Africa: Past and Present 23-24 October 2023 SOAS, University of London Organisers: Marie Rodet, Lotte Pelckmans, Esteban Salas, Wayne Dooling Twenty years have passed since the publication of Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies, the major collection of essays edited by Sylviane Diouf (2003). While the historiography of
On 6 March 2023, for the National Day against Slavery in Mauritania, Dr Marie Rodet gave an interview about descent-based slavery in West Africa to BBC Afrique. You can listen to it here (in French), or read the English translation of the interview transcript. Interview transcript: Presenter: Mauritanians celebrated the national day against descent-based slavery yesterday. In this country, despite
From 2-6 March 2023, the SlafMig team held an advocacy training workshop in Nouakchott (Mauritania) with 30 members of the organisation Ganbanaaxun Fedde Mauritanie, to reinforce their capacity to fight slavery through advocacy. Ganbanaaxun Fedde is a newly created organisation in Mauritania whose aim is to fight against descent-based slavery, especially among the Soninke ethnic group. With the support of
From Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22, 2021, the SlaFMig project, thanks to the association Donkosira and the National Human Rights Commission of Mali (CNDH), brought together in Bamako key actors in the fight against descent-based slavery, including activists, journalists, bloggers, civil servants and researchers. The workshop was held at the Faculty of Public Law and focused on advocacy.
In the absence of a specific law criminalizing descent-based slavery in Mali, judicial authorities face difficulties in categorizing this offense based on the relevant Penal Code. To overcome these difficulties while waiting for a specific law to be passed, the Minister of Justice, Mahamadou Kassogué, issued a ministerial order (n°0000863 of 11 November 2021) on the management of cases related
In West African countries in general, and in Mali in particular, the implementation of legal instruments remains a tricky issue, both at the national and the international level. In Mali, several factors (political, socio-cultural, etc.) hinder this implementation, thus compromising the respect for human rights and land ownership. The political factor lies in the lack of will of the public
Last July, in Bamako, a SlaFMig workshop brought together administrative and judicial authorities from the Kayes, Koulikoro and Ménaka regions to discuss the issue of descent-based slavery. The presentations and discussions were rich and led to several recommendations. These take into account the complexity and multiple dimensions of the phenomenon and recommend actions in the legislative, political, administrative, socio-economic and