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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

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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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.
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Soyata Maiga
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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.
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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.
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