Deme So : Deme So
Following the 1991 democratic revolution in Mali, we soon observed an eagerness rather to run for elections, that is, to seize power, than to inform and raise people’s awareness of the country’s new political orientation – integral multipartism and Rule of Law.
That is why, as activists of the Democratic Movement newly graduated from law schools, we decided to commit ourselves to the Promotion of Democracy and Protection of Human Rights in Mali. This project materialized with the creation of the DEME SO association [House of assistance in Bambara (national language)]which was recognized by the authorities through the receipt No. 01291/MECATS/DNAT from November 25, 1992.
The association set as its goal to teach, train and give advice to women and young people so as to facilitate their integration and fulfillment within our country’s new democratic world, both in urban and rural areas.
In order to give our action a strategic framework, we decided to create the DEME SO legal clinic (thus bearing the name of the association) which official inauguration took place on September 21, 1994.
The following objectives were assigned to the DEME SO legal clinic:
- ensure a legal orientation for people victims of democratic rights abuses,
- prevent abuses by informing and raising people’s awareness of civil and political rights – create legal training modules,
- propose a project aiming at improving the conditions of custody and detention in Mali.