Human Rights in Malian conflict since 2012 Stop abuses: a key to build Peace 17th of June 2013 From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. European Parliament in Brussels -‐ Room JAN 6Q1
The situation in Northern Mali is still worrying. Since the beginning of the conflict, in January 2012, numerous cases of breach committed by armed groups have been identified by the NGOs. Sadly, the French intervention, in January 2013, has not prevented the civilians from other threats and violations and NGOs have denounced several abuses by the Malian army, or some elements more or less under its control. Today, in the prospect of July and of the withdrawal of the French army, we have to be sure that the situation wont get worse and that the international community, through the UN mission (MINUSMA), will be able to ensure the security of civilians. Therefore, M. François Alfonsi, M. Jean Jacob Bicep and Mrs Franziska Brantner (Greens/EFA), in collaboration with Human Rights Without Frontiers, with the participation of Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Plan International, Save the Children and the Association of the Refugies and Victims of the Repression in Azawad (ARVRA), take the initiative to publicly address the human rights situation in Northern Mali and its consequences on the future of the Malian reconstruction. The conference on Human Rights aims at reminding abuses committed by the extremist groups in 2012 and the need for the perpetrators to be tried by an international independent court ; highlighting the current situation of human rights in Northern Mal ; highlighting the specific issue of the Northern Mali/Azawad, in the framework of the future reconstruction. A statement with recommendations to implement political, military and humanitarian means in order to ensure civilians security and to ensure a last peace process will be adopted at the end of the exchanges. The conference will be live streamed on : http://www.greenmediabox.eu/live/human-‐rights-‐in-‐northern-‐mali For registration : email@example.com François Alfonsi, Jean Jacob Bicep, Franziska Brantner MEPs from In collaboration with Human Rights Without Frontiers
Program Introduction of MEPs François Alfonsi, Jean Jacob Bicep, Franziska Brantner (Greens/EFA) Moderator: M. Mark Barwick, Policy advisor of HRWF I. Current situation of human rights in northern Mali : testimonies 1. Overview of the human rights situation in northern Mali after a 17-‐months conflict The human violations in 2012 and 2013 commited by armed groups ans Malian army. Amnesty International, Mrs. Claire SAN FILIPPO, Executive Officer EU Foreign Policy 2. Violence on minorities in northern Mali: stop abuses is a key issue to build peace The situation of minorities, on the basis of the daily testimonies inventory of ARVRA ARVRA (Association des Réfugiés et Victimes de la Répression en Azawad) 3. Freedom of international media : access to information Presentation of the working conditions of foreign journalists in northern Mali M. Benoit SCHAEFFER, a freelance photo-‐journalist. He made a three-‐week trip in Kidal (northern Mali), in March 2013. International Federation of Journalists, M. Sadibou MARONG, Program Officer, Africa Regional Office. II. What solution to prevent violations and to ensure the reconciliation? 1. The roots of the Malian conflict : taking into consideration the past to build peace The conflict, its causes and the future evolutions that can be hoped or feared. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), M. Marceau SIVIEUDE, Head of the Africa Office
2. Humanitarian solutions for a better protection of civilians security NGO recommendations. Save the Children, Mrs. Kimberly BROWN, Conflict and Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Adviser Plan International, M. Didier Young, Disaster RM Manager for Plan in Mali III. Debate Agreement on a MEPs/NGOs joint statement, with recommendations that will be sent to political stakeholders and the press.