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Society: UN anti-slavery chief visits Mauritania

Slavery in Mauritania - The UN special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Mrs. Gulnara Shahinian, on Monday began a four-day evaluation visit to Mauritania, PANA learnt from official sources.

During her trip, Mrs. Shahinian will meet government authorities, civil society organisations, union leaders, community leaders and partners of the UN system.

She was received Monday by the Mauritanian, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

The visit is part of a programme for the eradication of all contemporary forms of slavery in Mauritania.

Despite the adoption of several laws against slavery, the practice remains a controversial issue in Mauritania where some NGOs are still denouncing authorities' 'complicity'.

Pana 24/02/2014