Mauritania

Activists report: "Repression is getting worse and worse" in Mauritania

Groups combating slavery and human trafficking in Mauritania face persecution, as Boubacar Messaoud, president of SOS Esclaves, one of Mauritania's oldest anti-slavery groups told Thomson Reuters: "The repression is getting worse and worse". Read more

Activists report: "Repression is getting worse and worse" in Mauritania

Police injure and detain protesters during peaceful youth march

On 16th April 2017, a group of approximately 100 young activists and representatives from local civil society organised the Peaceful March of Mauritanian Youth in the capital, Nouakchott. Read more

Police injure and detain protesters during peaceful youth march

Expression

Free expression is guaranteed by the law but routinely violated in practice. Read more

Peaceful Assembly

Although Article 10 of the Constitution provides for the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, peaceful protests are often violently disrupted and protestors attacked. Read more

Association

NGOs and human rights defenders in Mauritania work in extremely difficult circumstances and face significant risks when promoting rights or the protection of vulnerable groups. Read more

Mauritania-Overview

The enjoyment of fundamental freedoms is severely constrained in Mauritania as conservative religious values and overarching dominance of the state in public affairs combines to restrict people’s rights to associate, protest and speak out. Read more