Advocacy / Mauritania

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Mauritanian civil society speaks up about the Passif humanitaire at the UN in Geneva

October 18, 2023

Thanks to the support of the city of Geneva, MENA Rights Group facilitated the testimony of relatives of disappeared Mauritanians before the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances in September 2023.

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New law on the protection of national symbols: a threat to freedom of expression on social networks in Mauritania

December 02, 2021

Joint letter on the the adoption, by the Mauritanian parliament, of the Law on the protection of national symbols and criminalisation of offenses against the authority of the state and the honour of the citizen on November 9, 2021. The signatory organisations fear that this law will negatively impact the exercise of freedom of expression in Mauritania.

Suivi des recommendations prioritaires du Comité des droits de l'Homme suite à l'examen du 2ème rapport périodique de la Mauritanie

September 24, 2021

Lettre conjointe à l'attention du Commissariat aux Droits de l’Homme et à l’Action Humanitaire et aux Relations avec la Société Civile portant sur la mise en œuvre de la recommandation prioritaire n° 11 (lutte contre l’impunité et violations passées des droits de l’homme) du Comité des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU suite à l'examen du deuxième rapport périodique de la Mauritanie.

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Letter to the President Mohamed Cheikh Mohamed ould Ghazouani calling for a fair and long-term resolution of the “Passif humanitaire”

November 12, 2020

On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the independence of Mauritania on 28 November 2020, the Cadre de Concertation des Rescapés Mauritaniens en Europe et aux Etats Unis (CCRM-E/USA) and its member organisations launch an urgent appeal for the settlement of the period commonly referred to as “Passif humanitaire”, a euphemistic term referring to the massive human rights violations (i.e. extrajudicial executions, torture, deportations etc.) against the Afro-Mauritanian populations between 1986 and 1992.