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Recognition of religion or belief in Mali

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Mali are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Mali


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; there is a focus on the latter as legal registration but few to no procedures for existential recognition; legal registration corresponds to registration of a group as an association.

  • Discrimination between “foreign” and indigenous religious beliefs should not be allowed.

  • Informational requirements seem appropriate but require continued monitoring to ensure they are not inappropriately extended.

  • No tax-exempt status or other financial or legal benefits for religious groups exist.

  • The existence of the rule of mandatory registration, even though are no penalties for not registering, violates the Bielefeldt provision.

Positive elements:

  • Freedom of religion or belief is generally upheld by the government although this is undermined by Islamist activities among the population, especially in rural regions.


  • Establish a recognition system that possesses provisions for both existential recognition and legal registration for all belief systems and at multiple levels of activity.

  • To become dynamic, the Malian government would need to establish a recognition agency to manage the aforementioned recognition system but should relinquish its control of such an agency upon its establishment in order to ensure the agency’s independence from government.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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