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Mauritania: Ending Slavery in Mauritania

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritania, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response

Beyond abolition: Ending Slavery in Mauritania [1]: “Slaves in Mauritania do not have a legal right to own property, let alone have a surname. Nor do they have a right to custody of their children. The 2007 law criminalizing the ownership of slaves was received with resistance and scoffing. The director of the Mauritanian government‘s Human Right Commission, Bamariam Koita even defended the fact that as of yet, no one had been prosecuted under the law.”