Rights groups speak out on Mauritanian blogger, blasphemy law

Rights groups speak out on Mauritanian blogger, blasphemy law

The African Union’s human rights organization, wrapping up its meeting in Nouakchott this week, called on President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to review Mauritania’s controversial “blasphemy” law. “The African commission uses the occasion of its current session in Mauritania to urge the highest authorities to review this legislation,” said Soyata…

Mauritanian blogger faces final verdict in death penalty case

The Supreme Court of Mauritania is expected to convene Tuesday to render a final verdict in the death penalty case of blogger Mohammed Shaikh Ould, also known as Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir. The case has drawn international attention to the Islamic Republic, where Mkhaitir was arrested in 2014 on blasphemy charges…