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Mali: Bill Seeking to Modernize Family Law Regime Defeated

(Oct. 12, 2010) Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Touré, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political pressure from religious conservatives and sent the bill back to Parliament for reconsideration (Mali's Parliament Continues […]

Mali: Far-Reaching Changes Proposed by Legislature in New Family Code

(Aug. 19, 2009) It was reported on August 11, 2009, that Mali's National Assembly adopted a controversial new Family Code that introduces far-reaching changes to the existing family laws. It sets the minimum marriage age at 18, abolishes the death penalty, recognizes the right of women to inherit, and recognizes as valid only statutory marriages, […]

Mali: Proposal to Raise Marriage Age May Help Counter Trafficking in Girls

(Jan. 28, 2009) According to the United Nations, Niger is the country with the highest incidence in the world of early marriages, with many married by age 12 and 80 percent married before age 18. (Niger: Early Marriage – From Rural Custom to Urban Business, IRIN, Jan. 16, 2009, available at The current minimum […]

Mali: Proposal to End Death Penalty Meets Opposition

(May 2, 2008) The government of Mali has proposed ending the use of capital punishment in the country, but opposition politicians have rallied to oppose the move and keep the death penalty. The Cabinet had passed a draft bill on abolition in October 2007. Although the 2001 Penal Code included the death penalty, it has […]

Mali: Cabinet Abolishes Death Penalty

(Nov. 2, 2007) L'Essor, a government newspaper in Mali, reported on its Web site on October 18, 2007, that the Cabinet had passed a bill on the abolition of capital punishment, replacing it with life imprisonment. It had been a penalty that could be imposed under article 4 of the August 20, 2001, penal code. […]