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40 million youth in Sahel at risk of radicalization or migration

The Sahel region in Africa risks becoming a hub for mass migration or recruitment by extremist groups without sustained international engagement, the Security Council heard on Wednesday.

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Mauritania: UN expert welcomes new anti-slavery law, says effective enforcement is key

While applauding the adoption of a new anti-slavery law in Mauritania that doubles, from 10 to 20 years, the maximum prison sentence for slavery crimes and creates special prosecution tribunals for slavery-like practices, a United Nations expert today cautioned that “this welcome development needs to be followed by its full implementation.”

UN rights expert urges Mauritania to repeal bill threatening civil society groups

A United Nations human rights expert today called upon the Mauritanian Parliament to reject a draft law on civil society associations that, without public consultations, was approved last month by the Council of Ministers.

UN urges independent investigation for jailed Mauritanian activists

The United Nations human rights office today expressed “deep concern” over judicial proceedings under way in Mauritania against members of two civil society groups, including the anti-slavery Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, who have been held since November last year after a demonstration in the southwest of the country.