Mauritania: Actions speak louder than words: Amnesty International submission to the Universal Periodic Review, November 2015

In this submission Amnesty International raises concerns about widespread use of torture and other ill-treatment to extract “confessions” from detainees and to punish prisoners. Harassment and intimidations against human rights defenders continue and anti-slavery activists have been imprisoned for their work. The rights to freedom of assembly and expression continue to be restricted and enforced disappearances have yet to be resolved. The organization regrets that despite accepting a recommendation to consider removing the death penalty from its legislation, Mauritania continue to hand down death sentences.

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