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.

UN rights office urges Mauritanian authorities to protect threatened activist

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Mauritania to protect prominent human rights activist Aminetou Mint El-Moctar who has become the focus of a social media campaign encouraging anyone who “kills her or tears out her eyes will be rewarded by God.”

UN expert urges Mauritania to take more vigorous efforts to eliminate slavery

The establishment of a special Tribunal to prosecute crimes of slavery in Mauritania bring the country one step closer to effectively ending the practice of slavery, an independent United Nations expert said, calling on the Government to deploy all necessary efforts to making this a reality.

Envoy calls for greater cooperation among Sahel countries

UN Special Envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi is briefing the Security Council  on his strategy for the region.

Audio -

UN envoys hold talks with leaders and civil society in the Sahel

UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, has wrapped up a three-day visit to the region which continues to battle political, humanitarian and security challenges.

Audio -

FAO urges four African countries to brace for Desert Locust swarms

Four countries in northwest Africa are being urged to prepare for the likely arrival of swarms of Desert Locusts, the most devastating of the species.

Audio -

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil backs African anti-polio efforts

The Egyptian actor and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil has helped launch an anti-polio campaign in Western and Central Africa where UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are working with governments and partners to eradicate the virus.

Local authorities bring locust plague under control in Mauritania, UN says

Local emergency control operations in Mauritania have successfully contained a massive outbreak of desert locusts which were threatening to spread north to other countries in West Africa and devastating farmers’ livelihoods, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported today.