Black Mauritanians are still subject to slavery-like practices, including sexual violence and discrimination, a UN human rights expert has said.
The UN special rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, told the Guardian that generations of people, particularly women and girls, were still living with families in a "slavery-like" relationship, and were being forced into sex with male relatives, in some cases with their fathers.
"You have situations where people still live with and are working for certain families, and where women are forced to have sexual relations with family members – fathers and sons," said Ruteere, speaking from Kenya. "And there are situations where children, particularly the girls who are the products of those relations, are then forced to have sexual relations with the same family members."
"This kind of relationship is going on over generations. There is a lot of sexual violence against these women and girls, I met individuals who are subjected to this. It's a situation that is slavery-like."