(GIN)—Forgoing the usual four and five-star hotels, Arab leaders gathered this week in a large tent in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott for the 27th Arab League Summit. Regional crises and hot wars were expected to dominate the agenda. “It is good to get Mauritania back into the Arab political map,” British-Lebanese journalist and media consultant […]
(GIN)—Mauritania has ratified the 2014 protocol to the Forced Labor Convention (1930), making it the second African country to commit to carrying out the protocol. It joins Niger, Norway and the United Kingdom which were the first countries to ratify the protocol aimed at fighting forced labor in all its forms, including human trafficking. Slavery […]
(GIN)—Despite a tough law against slavery passed in 2007 allowing slaveholders to be prosecuted, those who protest the practice may still wind up in jail, in some cases for years. This month, three activists, arrested at an anti-slavery demonstration, had their sentence of two years behind bars upheld by a Mauritanian court. They were found […]
(GIN)–U.S. and UK oil explorers are making their moves on the Western Sahara, between Mauritania and Morocco, despite calls by thousands of climate justice activists worldwide to “keep the soil in the oil.” Kosmos Energy, a US oil and gas exploration firm, along with Cairn Energy of the UK, plan to use rights obtained in […]
U.N. officials and countries around the world take time to reflect on the limited successes and some shortfalls in human rights records worldwide.