Slavery/Human Trafficking

Jun 12, 2018

Haratin: The Caste System and the Journeys of Current & Former Slaves in Mauritania

Despite making slavery formally illegal in 1981, Mauritania’s enduring caste system pushes the marginalized Haratin people further into poverty and banishes a considerable number of them to lives of servitude. Generations of the native Haratin are being treated as second-class citizens by their lighter-skinned masters and the government cracks down ruthlessly on those who dare criticize this...

Jun 12, 2018

Haratin: The Caste System and the Journeys of...

Despite making slavery formally illegal in 1981, Mauritania’s enduring caste system pushes the marginalized Haratin people further into poverty and banishes a considerable number of them to lives...

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May 04, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Mauritania Under the CERD's...

On 1 and 2 May 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania was under the review of the United Nations' (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The experts of the...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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....

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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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