Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) joined by House Foreign Affairs Committee Africa Subcommittee Ranking Member Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Africa Subcommittee Members, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Congressman Ron Wright (R-Texas), and Congressman Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) wrote to Secretary Pompeo Thursday asking for an increased focus on longstanding human rights concerns in United States engagement with Mauritania.
The Members wrote: “While Mauritania remains an important partner in our fight against terrorism in the Sahel, we believe that it is critical to also keep human rights at the forefront of bilateral relationship. Specifically, impunity for racial discrimination, including ethnic cleansing; the suppression of political rights; and hereditary slavery and human trafficking constitute grave violations of human rights that the United States should work to remedy through our engagement with the country.”
Chabot, Foreign Affairs Africa Subcommittee Republicans Call on Secretary Pompeo to Elevate Human Rights in U.S.-Mauritania Relations
Floyd’s killing by white police officer Derek Chauvin has resonated strongly with the Black Mauritanian community in the US, many of whom - including Cherif - fled the West African nation because of racial violence.
Press Release from UN News:
Mauritania, where the job market has been tight in recent years, has seen many people fall prey to the patter of so-called hiring agents, who sell false promises of lucrative job opportunities abroad, and charge a hefty price for their services.
In the new movie “Uncorked,” streaming Friday on Netflix, Athie plays Elijah, a young man with dreams of becoming a master sommelier. Unfortunately, that ambition is at odds with the plan of his father (played by Emmy-winner Courtney B. Vance) for Elijah to take over the family’s Memphis barbecue joint.
Press Release from Ecofin Agency:
The Board of the World Bank approved, on March 10, two grants totaling $52 million to help Mauritania improve social security. $45 million will come from the International Development Association (IDA) while the remaining $7 million will be provided by the Sahel Adaptive Social Protection Program (ASPP), backed by the German government.
‘Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies’ organises consultative forum for scholars from Sahel region in Mauritania
The "Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies," in cooperation with the Mauritanian government, organised the first consultative forum for scholars from Sahel countries in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, under the slogan, "An invitation to promote peace, tolerance and national reconciliation."
Mauritania, a vast Muslim country on the edge of West Africa, has adopted a unique strategy to protect itself against an Islamist militant threat that is getting bigger and closer: It has turned more than a quarter of its territory into a no-go zone.
Press Release from the IMF:
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Mr. Eric Mottu visited Nouakchott during February 27-March 11, 2020 to discuss the fifth review of the economic and financial program supported by a three-year arrangement under the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF) approved by the IMF Executive Board on December 6, 2017 (Press Release No. 17/468) for a total amount of SDR 115.92 million (about US$161.4 million at current exchange rates). At the end of the visit, Mr. Mottu made the following statement:
Mohamed Ould Bouamatou, Mauritania’s most successful businessman, returned home from a decade-long exile, after corruption and fiscal fraud charges against him were dropped last month.
Several longtime opponents of former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz returned to the arid West African state after years in exile on Tuesday, emboldened by his fall from power.