Lobbyists 4 Good, the nation's first nonprofit that hires lobbyists on behalf of the American people, announced today that it has hired former Representative Steve Driehaus as a lobbyist.
Mr. Driehaus, who served as a Member of Congress from Ohio's 1st Congressional District, will lobby Congress to pressure the African nation of Mauritania to end protection for perpetrators of ethnic cleansing campaigns against black Africans from 1989 to 1992 and restore citizenship for thousands of Mauritanians. Many of Driehaus's former constituents are of Mauritania descent and their families came to the U.S. to escape the violence and severe human rights violations by the Mauritania government. The campaign was created on Lobbyists 4 Good's platform after the community had already met with Driehaus to ask his help lobbying Congress.
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Press Release from Lobbyists 4 Good:
In the arid West African country of Mauritania, the way of life of the traditional group of hunters known as the Nemadi is slowly disappearing.
Minister for Africa James Duddridge has visited Mauritania for the first time since taking up his role. He attended the first General Assembly of the Sahel Alliance and the sixth Summit of the Leaders of the G5 (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). The visit highlighted how the UK is supporting countries in the Sahel to improve girls’ education, through enabling those affected by conflict to go to school, and helping to end preventable deaths.
Seven people accused of being members of a Mauritanian group seeking to reform the conservative Islamic republic were charged with terrorism crimes against Islam, their lawyer said on Wednesday.
Mauritania is backsliding in efforts to eliminate descent-based slavery, an activist and opposition member has warned, as the West African country joined the U.N. Human Rights Council for the first time this week.
Mauritania will on Tuesday take over the rotating presidency of the G5 Sahel, which coordinates the anti-jihadism fight of five countries in the region.
by Alban Kini for APA News:
Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould El Ghazouani will on Tuesday take over from his Burkinabe counterpart, Roch Marc Christian Kabore as chair of the G5 Sahel, APA learned from the Communication Service of the Burkina Faso presidency.
The U.N. refugee agency says more than 700,000 people in Africa's Sahel region have fled attacks by militants and armed groups in the last 12 months, a 10-fold increase compared to January 2019.
Biram Dah Abeid, a descendant of former slaves who has been called "the Nelson Mandela of Mauritania", and Shaparak Shajarizadeh, a prominent Iranian women's rights activist have been honoured for their courage to fight gross violations of human rights.
BP has been accused of contributing to "state racism" in Mauritania after awarding at least nine out of ten study abroad scholarships to students drawn from the country’s minority Arab-Berber group, with none appearing to go to the majority black population.