History of Land Slavery and Forced Displacement In Mauritania: It Is Still Happening

Black Mauritanians have historically been stripped of their land ownership rights, most notably beginning in the 1980’s when a new law provided a legal basis to confiscate their land and redistribute it to Beydanes (lighter skins Arab Mauritanians) and others [i].   This land grabbing system of laws, built upon structural racism still occurs today, … Continue reading History of Land Slavery and Forced Displacement In Mauritania: It Is Still Happening

Mauritanian Network for Human Rights: Statement on the US State Department’s Mauritania 2020 Human Rights Report

In the decade since its inception, the United States annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices has been widely known and respected. This lengthy document presenting statistics and analysis of human rights in virtually all nations has gained mass attention from the public and policy makers. Many in Congress view it as the most authoritative and … Continue reading Mauritanian Network for Human Rights: Statement on the US State Department’s Mauritania 2020 Human Rights Report

Houleye Thiam: The Sad Story of Black Muslim Mauritanians

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a racially and ethnically diverse country that straddles the divide between North and West Africa, bridging the Sahara and the Sahel. Since its artificial creation by the former colonising power France in 1960, this nation has been a theatre for violent ethnic conflicts, disgraceful practices of slavery, racial discrimination … Continue reading Houleye Thiam: The Sad Story of Black Muslim Mauritanians