Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 October 2009

UN Expert on contemporary forms of slavery in first visit to Mauritania





UN Expert on contemporary forms of slavery in first visit to Mauritania


NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, October 23, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, Ms. Gulnara Shahinian, will visit Mauritania from 24 October to 4 November 2009, at the invitation of the Government.

“Mauritania only recently criminalized slavery in 2007. This visit provides me with a unique opportunity to investigate and report on the impact of this newly adopted legislation,” said Ms. Shahinian, who is the first United Nations independent expert monitoring contemporary forms of slavery to visit the country.

The Special Rapporteur will travel to Nouakchott, Atar and Rosso to hold discussions with government representatives, members of the judicial branch, representatives of non-governmental organizations, community members, academics, and others working in the field of slavery.

A press conference will be held in Nouakchott at the conclusion of the Special Rapporteur’s visit – on Tuesday, 3 November 2009 with additional information to follow.  Ms. Shahinian will present the visit’s findings at the Human Rights Council in 2010.




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