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Today - UNHRC Delegates Praised Slave-Holding Mauritania On Human Rights

[PR Newswire] Geneva -- Country speakers taking the floor today at the UN Human Rights Council showered praise on Mauritania during a mandatory human rights review that all UN member states undergo every five years. (See quotes below). (AllAfrica)


37th Universal Periodic Review - UK Statement On Mauritania

[PR Newswire] London -- Rita French, UK Ambassador for Human Rights, delivered this statement on Mauritania at the 37th Session of Universal Periodic Review (UPR), sharing recommendations to improve their human rights record. (AllAfrica)


Gambia U-20 Set to Start Preparations for Afcon Championship in Mauritania

[The Point] The Gambia national Under-20 team is set to start its preparation for the upcoming African Under-20 championship to be held next month in Nouakchott, Mauritania. (AllAfrica)


United States Announces Nearly $152 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance in the Central Sahel Countries of Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania

[USAID] Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa (AllAfrica)


Shaping Peace Together in the Sahel

[allAfrica] The International Day of Peace, which is an annual special day, observed on 21 September around the world, has a distinct place in the Sahel. The United Nations established this special day in 1981 and in 2011, the UN General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the day as one fully devoted to non-violence and ceasefire among combatants across the globe. (AllAfrica)


AfDB Supports Mauritania With U.S.$2.1 Million

[This Day] The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Board has approved a grant of $2.1 million to boost the country's resilience against climate related shocks and food insecurity. The funds, sourced from the African Development Fund, will go to provide technical and institutional support to strengthen Mauritania's capacity to assess climate-related risk. (AllAfrica)


Secretary Pompeo's Phone Call With Mauritanian President Ghazouani

[State Department] The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: (AllAfrica)


South-South Cooperation to Tackle Climate Change

[UNEP] For the International Day for South-South Cooperation on 12 September, we follow a pioneering, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-supported project that's using nature to adapt to climate change in three ecosystems - the coasts of Seychelles, the mountains of Nepal and the deserts of Mauritania. (AllAfrica)


Senegal Line Up Morocco, Mauritania Friendlies

[CAF] The Fédération Sénégalaise de Football (FSF) have confirmed two friendlies against Morocco and neighboring Mauritania next month. (AllAfrica)


IMF Executive Board Completes Fifth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Approves Augmentation and Us$52 Million Disbursement

[IMF] Washington, DC: Today, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the fifth review under the three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The arrangement was approved on December 6, 2017 with total access of SDR 115.92 million (about US$164 million at current exchange rates), or 90 percent of Mauritania's quota (see Press Release No. 17/468). (AllAfrica)


U.S. Senator Inhofe Discusses Military Cooperation on Trip to Continent

[United States Senate] U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to Africa to discuss the importance of continued military cooperation in the region. The delegation, which included Sen. Rounds, Sen. Boozman, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Walberg, visited partners in Uganda, Ghana and Mauritania, in addition to meeting with the leadership of the G5 Sahel. Specific meetings included President Yoweri Museveni and Minister of Defense Adolf Mwesige, Uganda; Minister of Defense Dominic Nit (AllAfrica)


Activists Warn About Slavery As Country Joins UN Human Rights Council

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Slavery is a historical practice in the Saharan country, which only abolished it in 1981 (AllAfrica)


Real & Urgent Issues Head Agenda for Sahel G5 Summit in Nouakcott

[Centre 4s] The G 5 Sahel and France Summit should be held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on February 24. It should go to the actual issues and deal with the most urgent, in order to give hope to the Sahel populations. And probably also to their allies. (AllAfrica)


Multiple Conflicts Interlinked in Worsening Sahel Crisis

[Centre 4s] Nouakchott -On February 24 and 25, the G5 Sahel Summit and the Alliance for the Sahel will be held in Nouakchott, Mauritania. In that context, a reminder and observations may be needed. A number of misunderstandings -- as well as false information -- muddle the Sahel Sahara crisis. That contributes to worsening the crisis and to delaying its resolution. To help understand it, clarification is needed. (AllAfrica)


France to increase the number of troops deployed in the Sahel/Sahara strip

[France Diplomatie] PAris -Communiqué by Ms. Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces (Paris - February 2, 2020) (AllAfrica)


UNHCR Stepping Up Response to Escalating Violence and Displacement in the Sahel Region

[UNHCR] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, wrapped up in Burkina Faso a three-nation visit to the Sahel region, and expressed his alarm about the rapidly deteriorating situation across the region, where escalating insecurity has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes. (AllAfrica)


Under Secretary David Hale's Travel to Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania

[State Department] Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to West Africa from February 4-13, to advance America's diplomatic engagement in the Sahel.  His trip will focus on bolstering peace and security regional partnerships, including increased engagement between ECOWAS and the G5 Sahel. (AllAfrica)


Mauritania - Presidential Transition

[HRW] Beirut -Mauritania's first presidential transition in a decade has raised hope that the new head of state, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, will ensure human rights protections for all Mauritanians, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. Ould Ghazouani should prioritize repealing repressive laws that curb freedom of expression, ensure women's rights, and instruct security forces to respect the right to demonstrate peacefully. (AllAfrica)


France and G5 Sahel Recommit Themselves as U.S. Mulls Drawdown

[Council on Foreign Relations] Washington, DC -President Emmanuel Macron of France hosted a summit in Pau, southwestern France, with the heads of state of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauretania, and Niger. The purpose of the summit was to improve military coordination against insurgents with a particular focus on the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and al-Qaeda affiliate Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM). (AllAfrica)


G5 Sahel Joint Force and the Sahel Alliance

[France Diplomatie] Paris -Sahel countries -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger -- face a number of challenges, including the growing threat of terrorism and organized crime, climate change and demographic growth. (AllAfrica)


France aims to Legitimise Sahel Anti-Jihad Fight at Pau Summit

[RFI] French President Emmanuel Macron will host heads of state from west Africa Monday in the southern city of Pau to map out a new strategy to fight insurgent violence. It comes amid a spate of deadly attacks and increasing hostility towards the presence of French troops. (AllAfrica)


Tunisia's U21 Soccer Team Make 1-1 Draw With Mauritania's At Friendly

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -Tunisia's U21 soccer team drew a 1-1 game with Mauritania's at a friendly played Saturday in Nouakchott. (AllAfrica)


Mauritanian Blogger Free and in Exile After Five Years in Jail - Amnesty

[RFI] A Mauritanian blogger who was freed after spending more than five years in jail under inhumane conditions, even after his sentence was served, has arrived in an unspecified European country, according to human rights group Amnesty International. (AllAfrica)


Freed Blogger Arrives in Europe - Amnesty

[VOA] A Mauritanian blogger, jailed for nearly six years in Mauritania, has said he only "saw the sun six times" during his incarceration. (AllAfrica)


Blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir Released After Five Years in Detention for Publishing a Blog

[AI London] Following the release of Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir, who was sentenced to death and held in arbitrary detention for more than five years after publishing a blog on caste discrimination, Amnesty International's Campaigner Kiné Fatim Diop said: (AllAfrica)


Mauritania On the Cusp of the Digital Change - Local Cloud Founder Yehdhih Ould Mohamed Moctar

[Balancing Act] London -There are a number of larger African country markets that have started the digital change with higher rates of web and app use. But there are other smaller markets where this change has barely begun. Until recently Mauritania was one of those smaller countries. Russell Southwood spoke to Yehdhih Ould Mohamed Moctar, CEO and Founder Xseeg about his plans to open an independent data centre and a local cloud. (AllAfrica)


Angola At Inauguration of Mauritanian President

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Ambassador, André Panzo, represents Angola at the inauguration ceremony of the new Mauritanian President, Mohammed Ould Ghazouani, set for August 1st. (AllAfrica)


Blogger in 'Blasphemy' Case Freed After 5 Years

[HRW] Beirut -Mauritania's authorities freed a blogger on July 29, 2019, who had been held in a blasphemy case for five and-a-half years, Human Rights Watch said today. (AllAfrica)


Mauritanian Blogger Freed After Being Held for Nearly Six Years

[RSF] Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is delighted to report that Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir, a Mauritian blogger who had been held for more than five and a half years and who was originally sentenced to death for apostasy, was released at dawn yesterday. (AllAfrica)


Mauritania Finally Frees Blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed

[CPJ] Washington D.c. -The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed relief that Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is free and safely out of the country. Mohamed was released yesterday and left Mauritania, according to news reports, citing his lawyer and official government news sources. (AllAfrica)


Human Rights Committee Adopts Its Annual Report and Closes Its One-Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Session

[OHCHR] Adopts Concluding Observations on the Situation in the Netherlands, Tajikistan, Nigeria, Mauritania, Paraguay and Equatorial Guinea (AllAfrica)