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Mauritania: Senate Abolished in Referendum

(Aug. 22, 2017) On August 5, 2017, Mauritania held a referendum in which the country voted to change to its government structure, abolishing the Senate. (Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi, Mauritania Votes in Referendum to Abolish Senate, PAPER CHASE (Aug. 7, 2017).) Previously there was a bicameral legislature that consisted of the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) and the National […]

Mauritania; United Nations: Plan to End Slavery Expected

(Mar. 11, 2014) Gulnara Shahinian, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary slavery, announced that on February 27, 2014, Mauritania agreed to adopt a roadmap to end slavery. (UN Expert Urges Mauritania to Take More Vigorous Efforts to Eliminate Slavery, UN NEWS CENTRE (Feb. 27, 2014).) The roadmap, due to be adopted on March 6, […]

Mauritania: Court Sentences Anti-Slavery Activist, Acquits Others

(Sept. 1, 2011) On August 22, 2011, eight individuals accused of “unauthorized gathering and rebellion” were acquitted by a court in Mauritania, while the remaining defendant, Belkheir Ould Cheikh, was sentenced to three months of imprisonment. All nine were members of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania (IRA), an anti-slavery […]

Mauritania: Anti-Terror Law Rejected by Constitutional Council

(Mar. 8, 2010) On March 4, 2010, following an appeal by 32 Members of the National Assembly, the Constitutional Council of Mauritania rejected the country's new law on terrorism, calling a number of the articles unconstitutional. The law, which was adopted by the legislature on January 5 of this year, had permitted preventive detention, phone-tapping, […]

Mauritania: New Finance Law in Force

(Feb. 12, 2010) Mauritania's Finance Law for 2010, which was adopted on December 23, 2009, came into effect on January 1, 2010. It includes provisions on direct taxation, indirect taxation, and tax management.(Felix Buma, Mauritania: Finance Law for 2010 – Summary, IBFD TAX NEWS SERVICE, Feb. 4, 2010, subscription newsletter from [email protected]) The direct taxation […]

Mauritania: Agreement May Lead to Return to Constitutional Government

(June 22, 2009) On June 4, 2009, Mauritania took a step toward a return to constitutional order and democratic rule. The country had undergone a coup d'état in 2008, when President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallah, elected in 2007, was thrown out of office by the military. On June 2, 2009, an agreement was reached in […]

Mauritania: Plan to Revise Criminal Code to Include Rape

(May 22, 2009) According to a statement from the Mauritanian Association for Maternal and Child Health, a United Nations-funded nongovernmental organization in the country's capital city of Nouakchott, there is no mention of rape in the criminal laws of Mauritania. Women who attempt to press charges for sexual assaults are often themselves viewed as criminals, […]

Mauritania: Jailed Editor Pardoned

(Apr. 16, 2009) According to the organization Reporters Without Borders, on April 8, 2009, the head of Mauritania's military government, General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, pardoned the editor of a weekly magazine, the Arabic-language publication AL-AQSA. Abdel Fettah Ould Abeidna had been jailed in Nouakchott, Mauritania's capital city, after extradition to Mauritania from Dubai; he […]

Mauritania; Senegal: Fishery Agreement Signed

(Apr. 2, 2008) Mauritania and Senegal signed a one-year fishery agreement, under which 300 permits will be issued to Senegalese fishermen working in Mauritanian waters. The agreement was concluded in the Mauritanian capital Noakchott by Mauritanian Fishing Minister Assane Soumaré and the Senegalese State Minister and Maritime Transport Economy, Fishing and Apiculture Minister Souleymane Ndéné […]