Mali: 2 associations launch campaign against obstacles to free movement in ECOWAS

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Association of Deportees (AME) and the Association of Central African Refugees in Mali (ARACEM) on Sunday launched an advocacy campaign for the abolition of obstacles to the free movement within the West African sub-region, PANA reported from here.

Under the theme, "regional mobility week", the campaign will be held simultaneously in Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

According to officials of the two associations, ECOWAS States experience difficulty in moving toward an ECOWAS of people.

“It is not uncommon to hear that ECOWAS is not working hard to highlight the inability of this regional institution to achieve sub-regional integration," they said.

On achievements, the President of AME, Mamadou Konaté, highlighted "the non-requirement of visas between the Member States of ECOWAS, the entry into service of the ECOWAS passport and formal recognition of a right of entry and the right of residence and right of establishment."

"Alongside these achievements, there are many challenges prompting the campaign," he said.

Among them is the expulsion of nationals of member State from other member States and the harassment of citizens at borders.

He said there are also the issue bribery without any state taking a stand against it.

Faced with these difficulties, the AME and ARACEM have proposed the revision of the Protocol of 1979 on the free movement of persons, the right of residence and establishment.

Organizers will hand over campaign documents to presidents of human rights organizations, grassroots communities and officials of technical ministries who will also have the opportunity to visualize a film entitled" Passengers of the desert".

Organizers will also schedule a meeting with Malian MPs, public debates and protest marches under the theme "stop the extortion and harassment on our roads".
-0- PANA GT/IS/JEN/VAO 2June2014

02 Junho 2014 17:27:56

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