Mauritania: Candidates from 100 parties filed for September elections

Mauritania: Candidates from 100 parties filed for September elections

Mauritania’s electoral commission says candidates from an unprecedented 100 political parties have submitted their files to participate in the country’s legislative and municipal elections on September 1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) confirmed the lists ahead of campaigning that officially begins on August 17. Mauritania also confirms 1.4 million…

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…

Mauritania lifts death sentence, releases anti-slavery blogger

Mauritanian blogger Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is now free, after an appeals court reviewed and overturned a death sentence imposed for publishing a 2014 article that challenged the use of religion to support social injustice. Mkhaitir was arrested almost four years ago after sharing his critical views on the way Islam…

Appeals for calm as Mauritania edges toward referendum vote

The growing unrest in Mauritania ahead of Saturday’s vote on a contentious referendum to change the country’s constitution is getting attention from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesman for the UN agency, urged the Mauritanian government to ensure that the rights of peaceful protesters…