progress but may improve according to UN reports

The fight against slavery is advancing in Mauritania, where this practice is being treated as a violation of humanity in the Constitution. This is the observation of the UN Special Rapporteur for Modern Forms of Slavery, Tomoya Obokata, who has just completed, on Friday 13 May, a ten-day mission in Mauritania. But the picture must be nuanced.

During his stay, Tomoya Obokata met with the authorities and anti-slavery associations. At the end of his mission, he said that even though the country is making progress along the way, slavery still remains in Mauritania. He is taking stock of his assignment at the microphone of our Nouakchott correspondent, Salem Mejbour Salem.

“My mission to Mauritania was to evaluate the implementation of the national plan to combat slavery and related practices implemented for several years in Mauritania. My first observation, at the end of the mission, is that slavery, slavery and child labor still remain in the country. The situation calls for a solid and sincere commitment from everyone: the government, civil society and Mauritania’s partners to eradicate the phenomenon of slavery. These methods are now recognized by the authorities. The President of Mauritania I met acknowledges the existence of slavery. This is a positive point.

IN In 2015, a law was passed criminalizing slavery by Parliament and specialized courts have been created. But these courts have not been provided with sufficient financial resources to function properly. “

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Pending concrete progress, the non-governmental organization SOS slavery says they are quite satisfied. Reached by Lisa Morisseau from the Africa editorial office, El Kory Sneiba, spokesperson for the association, considers the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur to be a very important fact, although he has some reservations.

“In Mauritania there are still traditional forms of slavery and we call on Mauritania to officially acknowledge the existence of slavery, because here the most absurd customs still exist, slavery and in particular slavery through ascension where men and women are born as slaves, from father to son. We could discuss with the UN official who was aware of our demands, on our analysis of the situation of slavery in Mauritania and we could discuss the whole issue. Now we are waiting to see. “

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