Human rights defender
Alassane is a young Human Rights Defender standing up for the rights of the LGBTI community in Mali. He works as a National Coordinator at a LGBTI rights organization in Mali. This organization fights for the promotion and defense of the human rights of the LGBTI community with the aim to create a country in which all Malians are accepted and respected regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and serological status. Alassane is in charge of the management of the daily activities of the organization. These activities range from conducting trainings on human rights, security and leadership, to awareness raising and assisting LGBTI people whose rights have been violated and fighting against AIDS.
Human rights violations in Mali
LGBTI persons face unique legal and social challenges in Mali. The situation in Mali has intensified since last January when the LCHM (Fighting against Homosexuality in Mali) gained popularity. The LCHM group sparks the civil society to rise against homosexuality, promoting it as the cause of all problems. Over the past few months there has been a large increase of cases of humiliation, family rejection, verbal and physical aggression of members of the LGBTI community. Thus far, the Ministry of Security and Justice has had no involvement in the conflict and refrains from community protection, hereby creating an enabling environment. There is no legal framework to protect the LGBT community and the pressure from society keeps growing.
Threats and harassment
As cases of violations have tremendously increased over the last months, fear and panic have risen among the members of the LGBTI community. While the situation for LGBT people worsens in Mali, Alassane feels less and less able to change it. His work is done daily under great pressure and the immense case-load of violations is overwhelming.