Tag: Mauritania

Antislavery movement in Mauritania suffers setback as leader jailed

Antislavery movement in Mauritania suffers setback as leader jailed

| August 25, 2015

(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 […]

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A nation where slavery still thrives

A nation where slavery still thrives

| November 27, 2014

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist A couple of weeks ago, law enforcement officials in Mauritania arrested nine people for doing something the government considers radical: protesting slavery. In 1980, Mauritania became the last nation in the world to legally abolish slavery, an institution that that had existed in the poor, landlocked Islamic West African country […]

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Oil barons jump on new finds in Africa, ignoring climate justice calls

Oil barons jump on new finds in Africa, ignoring climate justice calls

| October 3, 2014

(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 […]

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Critic: Twenty years since Human Rights Act, work only half done

Critic: Twenty years since Human Rights Act, work only half done

| December 19, 2013

U.N. officials and countries around the world take time to reflect on the limited successes and some shortfalls in human rights records worldwide.

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