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Mauritanie: La blessure de l'esclavage 

Le film d'Ousmane Diagana du 2011, intitulé Les Blessures de l'esclavage, raconte l'histoire de l'esclavage parmi les gens Soninké en Mauritanie.En 2002, Ousmane Diagana part en vacances dans le village natal de sa mère, où il tombe amoureux d'une fille. Leur amour est impossible, car elle est l'enfant des esclaves de ses grands-parents. Il est d'une famille noble et maraboutique au sommet de la...

UK/Mauritania/Global: Actress and writer Meera Syal supports Minority Rights Group BBC Radio 4 appeal 

Appeal broadcast dates and times: Sunday 21 April 2013 (07:55, 21:26) and Thursday 25 April 2013 (15:27)Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on FM 92.4-94.6 or LW 198 or listen at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4. Did you know that slavery still exists in the world today? Even in 2013 there are still places in the world where people are born and die as slaves. Where belonging to a...

Mauritania: MRG visits Haratine community as part of campaign to end slavery 

Vernonique Dion, MRG's Mauritania Programme Coordinator (pictured left in the photograph), and Shobha Das, our Head of Programmes, visited Mauritania in September 2012 to meet with members of the Haratine community.MRG’s work in Mauritania, with SOS-Esclaves and Association des Femmes Chef de Famille, hopes to establish new organisations representing Haratine women, and strengthen their capacity to better advocate for their rights.Haratine in Mauritania are...

Mauritania: Video - Haratine women of 'slave caste' perform traditional song 

The bemdjé is a traditional musical/dancing practice amongst Haratine women of slave descent in Mauritania. This video of a bemdjé was filmed by MRG staff members on a visit in September 2012, as part of our ongoing work in the country.The singer, who is accompanied by a chorus of drummers, sings about relations between women and men, social relationships, and issues that affect their...

Mauritania: Why do Haratine women still live in slavery? 

The government must step up efforts to eradicate all forms of slavery and provide health care for its most vulnerable citizens.Though facing serious obstacles Mauritania, 155th of 187 countries on the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Index, has been taking steps towards meeting the MDGs. In 2010 it was reported to be very close to halving extreme poverty, and had made slight progress...

Global: European Parliament urges the EU to fight caste discrimination 

The elected representatives of half a billion Europeans from 28 countries are seriously concerned about caste discrimination. On 10 October the European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution that urges EU institutions to take action on this important global human rights issue. The EU must step up its efforts to eliminate caste discrimination, one of the world’s most serious human rights...

Mauritania: Interview with lawyer Me Elid Mohameden 

Me Elid Mohameden is a lawyer supported by MRG to represent women and child victims of slavery in Mauritania.The Haratine form one of the largest ethnic groups in Mauritania, and during the post-colonial era they have struggled to assert their rights and break free of the slavery which has historically subjugated them; 10 to 20 per cent of Mauritania's population is still estimated to...

Nouveau documentaire MRG/Mauritanie: Esclaves et discriminee: l'émancipation des femmes Haratines 

Réalisé par Mamoudou Lamine Kane, commandé et produit par Minority Rights Group International et NEXUS PROD Durée: 27:35 mn Langue: Arabe (sous-titrage en français) Dans une série d'entretiens, des femmes Haratine parlent des réalités quotidiennes de l’esclavage et de la liberté qu'elles ont connu depuis l'émancipation.L'esclavage existe depuis des siècles en territoire mauritanien. Elle existe dans toutes les communautés (Maures,...

Mauritania: Authorities stop US anti-slavery group from entering the country 

On Friday, September 8, 2017, a delegation from SOS-Esclaves was prevented by the police - following orders - from reaching Nouakchott Oum Tounsi International Airport where they were planning to welcome a visiting delegation of American civil rights militants led by Jonathan Jackson and Sean Terner. After a few moments on site, SOS-Esclaves President was notified by the Mauritanian Regional Director for Security that the...



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