“I demand justice. I hold them all responsible”: Advancing the Enforcement of Anti-slavery Legislation in Mauritania

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Abstract

Mauritania was the last state in the world to formally abolish “chattel slavery” in 1980. It has since committed to work towards the elimination of slavery by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda and has progressively adopted domestic legislation complying with international law, such as the 2007 Anti-Slavery Act and the 2015 Anti-Slavery Act. Such legislation strengthened the domestic framework with the creation of special anti-slavery tribunals, an increase in penalties and the acknowledgement of victims’ rights and of the role of civil society organizations in protecting them. Yet, Mauritania faces significant challenges in the enforcement of its anti-slavery legislation and the government’s response remains insufficient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Modern Slavery
Volume5
Issue number1
Early online date30 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Nov 2020

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