Slavery/Human Trafficking

Jan 30, 2018

Haratin: African Union Pressures Mauritania to Address Issue of Rampant Slavery

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, continues to plague the country. This reproach comes after a crucial legal case in Mauritania, which saw a slave master being given a lenient sentencing for two brothers enslaved since birth and forced...

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,...

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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...

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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...

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Jan 02, 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...

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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...

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Nov 13, 2017

Haratin: Social Exclusion and Poverty Facing Those...

Photo Courtesy of Luca Catalano Gonzaga Despite claims by the Mauritanian state government that this practice no longer exists, 1 percent of the country’s total population remain in slavery. The...

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Oct 03, 2017

Haratin: Slavery Continues to be a Deep-Rooted...

Today in Mauritania almost 1% of the entire population is enslaved. Especially exposed to this systematic enslavement are the Haratin, many of whom have been enslaved by oppressive ethnic groups in the...

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Sep 15, 2017

Biram Dah Abeid Shares Thoughts on Importance...

In his most recent interview, the President of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), Mr Biram Dah Abeid, explains why IRA Mauritania chose nonviolent action for advancing...

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