Mauritania: Follow-up visit by UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery
GENEVA, Switzerland, February 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- United Nations Special Rapporteur on slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, will undertake a follow-up visit to Mauritania from 24 to 27 February 2014, to assess new developments since her first country visit in 2009 and the initiatives taken by the Government in response to her recommendations*.
“This visit will allow me to discuss the adoption of the road map to end slavery in Mauritania, which was prepared in cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,” Ms. Shahinian said.
“Its adoption and implementation would be a milestone towards the eradication of slavery in the country,” stressed the independent expert mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences.
The Special Rapporteur's mandate on contemporary forms of slavery includes issues such as forced and bonded labour, worst forms of child labour, servile marriages and domestic servitude.
During her four-day visit to Nouakchott, Ms. Shahinian will hold discussions with Government representatives, as well as non-governmental organizations and trade unions. The Special Rapporteur is visiting Mauritania at the invitation of the Government.
The visit's findings and recommendations will be presented at a forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014.
A press conference will be held in Nouakchott at the conclusion of the Special Rapporteur's visit - on Thursday, 27 February 2014 with additional information to follow.
(*) Check the 2010 report on Mauritania by the Special Rapporteur Gulnara Shahinian: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Slavery/SRSlavery/Pages/CountryVisits.aspx