13 anti-slavery activists sentenced in Mauritania

2016-08-19 10:26


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Nouakchott – Thirteen anti-slavery activists in Mauritania were sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison on Thursday, despite criticism of the case against them by international rights groups.

A court in the capital Nouakchott found the 13 – members of a group fighting hereditary slavery in the west African country – guilty of "use of violence", but Amnesty International has said they were falsely accused because of their advocacy work.

The thirteen all claim they were tortured in prison in the run-up to the court case and lawyers for the group denounced on Thursday's verdict as "a travesty of justice".

They were arrested between June 30 and July 9 after a protest by a Nouakchott slum community that was being forcibly relocated as the city prepared for an Arab League summit on July 25.

The slum was home to many so-called Haratin – a "slave caste" under a hereditary system of servitude whose members are forced to work without pay as cattle herders and domestic servants, despite an official ban.

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