LGBT rights in Mali
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Mali may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. According to the 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Project, 98 percent of Malian adults believe that homosexuality is a way of life that society should not accept, which was the highest rate of non-acceptance in the 45 countries surveyed.
Law regarding same-sex sexual activity
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Mali.
While technically legal, the prevailing cultural and religious beliefs of most Mali citizens view same-sex sexual activity and non-traditional gender roles as immoral. Criminal laws against "public indecency" and in creating "immoral" clubs or non-governmental organizations are used when someone is identified as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
There is no legal recognition of same-sex unions.
There are no anti-discrimination laws to protect the LGBT community from harassment and abuse. Although there is no official discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at the national level, societal discrimination is widespread.
Adoption of children
Article 522 of the Portant Code des Personnes et de law Famille, which was passed by the National Assembly on 2 December 2011 and subsequently signed into the law by the president of Mali, forbids homosexuals from adopting children.
According to Dr. Dembelé Bintou Keita, the director of ARCAD/SIDA, an HIV/AIDS organization in Mali that provides health care for men who have sex with men (MSM), Malian society is not tolerant to MSM. They "have no rights and certainly no right to claim their sexual orientation. All cultural beliefs towards MSM are negative." MSM are forced into bisexuality or underground sexual practices that put them at high risk of sexually transmitted and HIV infections. "Men who are attracted to other men are forced to get married so that they will not bring shame to the family ... but they still have men as sexual partners."
The U.S. Department of State's 2011 human rights report found that,
There were no publicly visible lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations in the country. The free association of LGBT organizations was impeded by a law prohibiting association "for an immoral purpose"; in 2005 the then governor of the District of Bamako cited this law to refuse official recognition to a gay rights association.
- The number of adults surveyed in Mali was 700, yielding a margin of error of 4 percent with a 95 percent confidence level.
- "Pew Global Attitudes Project", pages 35, 84, and 117
- "State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults", International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, authored by Lucas Paoli Itaborahy, May 2012, page 12
- "Refugee Legal Aid: Mali", Fahamu, researched by Rhiannon Archer
- 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Mali, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State, pages 17-18
- "Le nouveau Code de la famille au Mali: une véritable régression pour les droits des femmes", FIDH, 23 January 2012
- "Mali: promulgation du Code de la famille révisé", AFP, 20 January 2012
- LOI N°2011 – 087 du 30 Décembre 2011 PORTANT CODE DES PERSONNES ET DE LA FAMILLE
- "Homophobia and Stigmatization Hamper HIV Prevention Efforts in Mali", Behind the Mask, 14 March 2011, reprinted at asylumlaw.org