Mauritania

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Overview

Human rights defenders and opponents of the government faced politically motivated prosecutions, with anti-slavery organizations particularly persecuted. The rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly were restricted. Torture and other ill-treatment in custody were common. Groups making up two thirds of the population faced systematic discrimination, and extreme poverty was widespread. The practice of slavery continued.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years

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