Slavery/Human Trafficking

Apr 11, 2018

Haratin: US Congress Condemns IMF Loan to Mauritania

The IMF has recently approved to lend 163 million dollars to Mauritania in order to improve living standards in the country. Following this decision, US Congressmen have sent a letter to the Head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, asking her to stop funding to Mauritanian government, accusing the State of corruption, torture, theft and slavery. This letter has been welcomed by the people of Mauritania,...

Apr 11, 2018

Haratin: US Congress Condemns IMF Loan to Mauritania...

The IMF has recently approved to lend 163 million dollars to Mauritania in order to improve living standards in the country. Following this decision, US Congressmen have sent a letter to the Head of the...

Read more »

Mar 24, 2018

Timeline: Crackdown on Anti-Slavery Movement in...

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has gathered recent news and first-hand information about the current developments in Mauritania. Between 30 June and 3 July 2016, the Mauritanian...

Read more »

Feb 23, 2018

Haratin: Human Rights Watch Publishes Report on...

Human Rights Watch (HRW) published in February 2018 a detailed report on the very difficult conditions Mauritanian civil society organizations operate in. Mauritanian ethnic minorities such as the Haratins,...

Read more »

Feb 21, 2018

Haratin: Peaceful IRA March Met With Police Violence...

On 18 February 2018, a peaceful march organised by the anti-slavery IRA movement in Nouakchott, Mauritania, ended in violence at the hands of police, who used tear gas and excessive force on demonstrators....

Read more »

Jan 30, 2018

Haratin: African Union Pressures Mauritania to...

On Friday 26 January 2018, the African Union’s ruling sentenced Mauritania to seriously address and rectify the historical practice of hereditary slavery which, under an inefficient legal system,...

Read more »

Jan 17, 2018

Haratin: New Wave of Arrests during a Pacific...

Photo Courtesy of Erika Wittlieb @Pixabay On Monday 15 January 2018, UNPO Member the Initiative for the Resurgence of Abolitionism (IRA) in Mauritania organised a pacific march in Nouakchott to protest...

Read more »

Jan 05, 2018

Haratin: IRA Protest Brutally Shut down by Mauritanian...

Photo courtesy of Celina Sky @Flickt On Tuesday 2 January 2018, nine members of the Initiative for the Resurgence of Abolitionism in Mauritania (IRA) were arrested when a peaceful protest in Nouakchott...

Read more »

Dec 11, 2017

Haratin: President Abdel Aziz for the First Time...

Photo courtesy of Magharebia Following recent reports about slavery in Libya, international anti-slavery movements have paid increased attention to the situation in Mauritania. For years, abolishment...

Read more »