Forced to Leave Mauritania: Two French Human Rights Researchers

Two French human rights researchers — a journalist and a human rights advocate — were expelled from Mauritania on May 2, 2017. Marie Foray and Tiphanie Gosse had been invited to Mauritania by the Association Mauritanienne pour les Droits de l’Homme (AMDH). Fatimata M’Baye, the President of AMDH, expressed her surprise and embarrassment regarding the[…]

U.S. Department of Labor assessment of Working Conditions in Mauritania

The week of October 20th, a team from the U.S. Department of Labor visited Mauritania to determine if Mauritania is meeting the eligibility requirements for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (known as AGOA).  Countries that qualify for participation in AGOA enjoy favorable treatment, in the form of lower customs duties, for exporting goods to[…]

2014 Africa Leaders Summit

From August 4- August 6 the United States welcomes leaders from many African countries to Washington D.C. for a three day summit in hopes of strengthening the ties between the United States and one of the world’s most diverse and fastest growing regions. One of the leaders invited is the president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould[…]

Woman and Five Children Enslaved in Guidimagha

IRA – Mauritanie has reported the enslavement of a mother with five young children. The woman, whose name is Kemmacha, lives in Ould Ramy, which is administered from Wembou (75 kilometers north of Seulibaby in the south-east of the Mauritania). As the government has only once prosecuted a slave owner, IRA video taped an interview[…]