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Ms. Soyata Maiga

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Company Description: The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) is the premier regional institution responsible for the promotion and protection of human and peoples'...   more

Employment History

  • President of the Working Group for Indigenous People
    African Commission for Human Rights and People's Rights
  • President
    Human Rights Council
  • Commissioner
  • Lawyer and President
    Association of Malian Jurists
  • President
    Rights & Democracy

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chairperson of the Committee On Minority Rights
    African Commission for Human Rights and People's Rights
  • Board Member
    Rights & Democracy
  • Board Member
    Media Foundation for West Africa
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Web References
The Forum was chaired by Ms. ..., 17 Mar 2014 [cached]
The Forum was chaired by Ms. Soyata Maiga, Member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and organized under the mandate of the Independent Expert on Minority Issues, Ms. Rita Izsák. President of the Human Rights Council, H.E.
Soyata Maiga, the president ..., 24 Nov 2012 [cached]
Soyata Maiga, the president of the Working Group for Indigenous People (WGIP) of the African Commission for Human Rights and People's Rights (ACHPR), urged African governments to ensure that they come up with policies friendly to indigenous people in their respective countries.
"These people need to be given equal space in decision making bodies to enable them to ably contribute to their countries' socio-economic development," he told the gathering. In most African countries, the rights of indigenous people haven't been taken into consideration, making them live like refugees in their own countries, he stated.
"...It is only recently that some African countries started recognizing these important segments of the society, including Cameroon, DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and the Central African Republic," he elaborated.
Soyata Maiga, Chairperson of ..., 25 Jan 2013 [cached]
Soyata Maiga, Chairperson of the Committee on Minority Rights in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.

The study provides a picture of the nature, patterns and extent of ethnic discrimination in Uganda and who is most affected.  Here are some of the points Don highlighted from the report:
  • There is no definition and conceptual understanding of who constitutes a minority in Uganda.
  • Ethnic minorities are not represented within decision making bodies at national and local government levels in Uganda. In addition, ethnic minorities have limited access to essential services such as health and education, and lack control of productive assets such as land.
  • There is need for a concerted effort by all stakeholders to highlight the plight of ethnic minorities in Uganda.
  • The majority of citizens of Uganda, especially ethnic minorities, have very limited awareness of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and other related international and regional human rights instruments.
  • Uganda lacks a coherent legal and policy framework to implement international human rights provisions for the protection of minorities.

In the report, Global Rights recommends that:
  • Together with civil society, national human rights and regional bodies such as the Uganda Human Rights Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights should conduct training and awareness programs on the UN Declaration to ensure knowledge and visibility of the declaration and related international, regional human rights instruments. Specific focus should be paid to ethnic minority groups.
  • The Ugandan government should adopt a national policy on ethnic minorities that incorporates the provisions of the UN Declaration.
  • Using the UN Declaration as a guide the government of Uganda should mainstream issues of ethnic minorities in state development programs and policies.

Global Rights would like to thank the Ford Foundation for making this year’s pilot project on ethnicity in Uganda possible and the Institute of International Education (IIE) for supporting Don's trip to the UN Minority Forum.  We are hopeful that the work with civil society and the government, as well as the study can serve as a launching point for further dialogue and action in Uganda to navigate the complex issues of ethnicity in a measured and meaningful way.   


Posted by Susan M. Farnsworth
Board of Directors | Rights & Democracy, 11 April 2012 [cached]
Soyata Maïga
Soyata Maïga
Soyata Maïga is a Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. Soyata Maiga is a graduate of l'École nationale de la magistrature in Paris. She has served as a magistrate from 1976 to 1990. She is currently a lawyer and president of the Association of Malian Jurists. She received the title "pioneer" award by the African Women Jurists Federation during its 5th Congress in March 2005 in Dakar, in recognition of her commitment to the promotion of gender equality and the protection of women. She is also a member of the National Human Rights Commission of Mali.
Rights & Democracy welcomes ..., 27 Mar 2009 [cached]
Rights & Democracy welcomes Soyata Maïga to its Board of Directors
Soyata Maiga (source : Montreal, March 27, 2009-Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) is pleased to welcome Soyata Maïga to her first meeting of its Board of Directors on March 26 and 27.
A native of Mali, Ms. Maïga is one of three international members on the Board of Directors of Rights & Democracy. She was appointed on October 23, 2008 for a three-year mandate.
"We are proud to welcome Ms. Maïga to Montréal.
Soyata Maïga has an impressive human rights résumé. After graduating from the École de la magistrature de Paris in 1979, she served as a magistrate from 1980 to 1990. Two years later, she was admitted to the bar in Mali.
Currently, Ms. Maïga holds a number of positions. She is a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa. She is also President of the Association des juristes maliennes and a member of Mali's Commission nationale des droits de l'homme.
Ms. Maïga also received the title of "pioneer" from the Fédération des Juristes Africaines in recognition of her commitment to promoting equal gender rights and the protection of women.
Olivier Bourque of Rights & Democracy Speaks with Soyata Maïga, Special Rapporteur on Women's Rights in Africa
Maïga said the Colloquium brought together 400 female leaders, including the Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean, and ex-President in Africa? Has she made a difference? What policies have been put in place to benefit women? Maïga noted the importance of Rwanda as an example for women not just in Africa but also around the world. She said Rwanda is the first country in the world to have a 53% majority of women in parliament and 48% in government. She said the Colloquium also helped launch a plan of action for UN Security Council Resolution 1325 to ensure that countries empower women to play a role in peace processes, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction programs.
As Special Rapporteur on Women's Rights in Africa, what do you believe is the greatest challenge for women in Africa in 2009? Maïga said of the many challenges confronting women in Africa, the greatest are poverty and illiteracy. She said illiteracy keeps women from knowing and exercising their rights. She talked about human rights training programs and campaigns, business and legal training programs, as well as efforts to translate national and international texts. She noted that all of these programs require financial resources and expertise.
You speak about financial resources. Can the international community do more to help Africa in this respect? Maïga stressed the importance of external aid being accompanied by an internal mobilization of resources. She said it was possible to develop effective internal strategies if resources were better used and distributed. She called for increased transparency in social dialogue, civil society participation in budgeting processes, and a prioritization of issues. She urged Africans to take their destiny in hand.
You were born and raised in Mali, you have worked there and have an understanding of women's situation there. What are the specific challenges for Malian women? Maïga explained that since 1994, Mali, a predominantly Muslim country (90%), has been involved in a process to reform family law. The challenge is to see the adoption of a draft family code that opposes traditional discriminatory and harmful practices against women and ensures equality in marriage, inheritance, property rights and divorce. She said adoption of the code has been delayed by pressures from religious conservatives and community leaders who believe women are second-class citizens. She said Malians are working in partnership with Canadians in the struggle for legal reforms and particularly for the adoption of the draft code. She said a strong political will is required. She called for women's rights to be preserved and translated into domestic law in conformity with the international treaties ratified by Mali.
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