The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom and, in practice, the government generally respected religious freedom. With support from international forces, the government reclaimed control of its northern regions, which had experienced serious abuses by northern armed groups and foreign extremists. While northern armed groups remained marginally active in northern Mali as the disarmament and peace process unfolded, the government and UN presence prevented those groups from imposing extreme interpretations of religious law.
There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.
U.S. embassy representatives discussed religious freedom with the government, human rights organizations, and religious leaders. In meetings and U.S. embassy events throughout the year, the Ambassador and high-level U.S. delegations encouraged religious leaders to play a constructive role in the reconciliation process and countering violent extremism.