Monday, November 16, 2009

Slavery: Mauritania moves to end slavery

DPA reports Mauritania's government has begun to educate its law enforcement and justice officials about slavery, in what it said was an effort to crack down on the practice.

Mauritania has long been considered by human rights groups as a safe haven for slavery, with people still being bought and sold and then held as property of their masters.

Mohamed al-Amin Walid Aldadah, the minister of human rights, said the workshops aimed to sensitize the authorities to the effects of slavery, so the law against the practice will be upheld.

A law banning slavery was only passed in 2007.

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