Mauritania: ‘Appeal court must quash unfair sentences and free 13 anti-slavery activists’

Mauritania’s appeals court must quash jail terms of up to 15 years handed down to 13 anti-slavery activists and release them from prison immediately, Amnesty International has said ahead of their hearing Monday. “This is an open and shut case … Read More

Rights groups say Mauritania must release anti-slavery activists

Authorities in Mauritania must drop all charges and immediately and unconditionally release 13 anti-slavery activists arbitrarily detained in an attempt to intimidate and silence human rights defenders, Amnesty International and 16 other civil society organizations said on Monday. The activists … Read More

UN: UN urges independent investigation for jailed Mauritanian anti-slavery activists

New York, US (PANA) – The UN human rights office expressed deep concern over the judicial proceedings underway in Mauritania against members of two civil society groups, including the anti-slavery “Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA)”, who have been held … Read More

‘Drought triggers insurance payout in Mauritania, Niger and Senegal’

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Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – ARC Insurance Company Limited will pay US$ 25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month – Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. The three countries which paid a combined premium of … Read More

Mauritania: Govt moves to eradicate aftereffects of slavery in Mauritania

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Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine has ordered the government to carry out the programme undertaken to eradicate the aftereffects of slavery in Mauritania. In a general policy statement before Parliament late Monday, Hademine announced that … Read More

Copper mine workers go on strike in northern Mauritania

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Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Workers at Mauritania’s copper mine in the northern part of the country went Wednesday on strike to press their demands for better living and working conditions, including a 10 percent increase in wages. “This strike is primarily … Read More

Mauritania: Black leader Ibrahima Moctar Sarr to contest June presidential election

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Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Ibrahima Moctar Sarr will contest this year’s presidential election in Mauritania on the ticket of the Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Reconciliation (AJD/MR), a nationalist black African movement. He was chosen by acclamation at the … Read More

Mauritania: Opposition wants new electoral commission created

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Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Claiming that the Mauritanian National Electoral Commission (CENI) failed in last year’s municipal and legislative elections, the Coalition for a Peaceful Alternative (CPA), which includes three moderate opposition parties, called Wednesday for the appointment of a new … Read More

Mauritania: Organisation denounces land sale in Senegal’s river valley

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Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A black nationalist movement, the African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (FLAM), has condemned the selling of prime land in Senegal’s River Valley to Saudi businessmen. In a statement issued Monday, FLAM said landowners were being dispossessed … Read More

Mauritania: UN special sappoteur on contemporary slavery forms to visit Mauritania

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Gulnara Shahinian Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The UN special rappoteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Mrs Gulnara Shahinian, is expected today in Nouakchott for a four-day visit to Mauritania where slavery persists despite several bills against the practice. The dehumanising phenomenon … Read More

Mauritania: Anti-slavery campaigner to run for president in June

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Biram Oul Dah Ould Abeid Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Anti-slavery campaigner Biram Oul Dah Ould Abeid, has announced his candidacy for the Mauritanian presidential election, scheduled for June. Abeid, the leader of the “Initiative of resurgence and abolitionist movement (IRA)”, … Read More

Mauritania: 4th edition of Mauritania’s Ancient Cities Festival opens on 13 January

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Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The 4th edition of Mauritania’s Ancient Cities Festival will take place from 13-16 January in the southeastern city of Oualata, about 1,300 km from Nouakchott. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, government officials, diplomats and several hundred  foreign and … Read More

Mauritania: NGO denounces harassment of human rights activists

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Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeida Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A member of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) in Mauritania, Hamdy Ould Lehbous, has denounced the “harassment and detention” of some human rights activists from different … Read More

Mauritanian Diaspora forum kicks off in Nouakchott

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Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz presided over the opening ceremony of the Diaspora Forum being held Sunday in Nouakchott. The meeting, organized by the National Agency for Project Monitoring, ANESP, is attended by 200 Mauritanian … Read More

Mauritania’s political dialogue deadlocked

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Mohamed Ould Maouloud, head of the opposition delegation PANA Nouakchott, Mauritania – The political dialogue in Mauritania between the ruling party and the umbrella Coordination of Democratic Opposition (COD) was deadlocked Wednesday as the two sides failed to reach a consensus … Read More

ECA delegation visits Mauritania

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Carlos Lopes By PANA Nouakchott, Mauritania – A delegation of the UN Economic Community for Africa (UNECA), led by its Executive Secretary Carlos Lopes, arrived in Mauritania Saturday, the Mauritanian New Agency, AMI, reported. On Sunday, the delegation visited the … Read More