Human rights activists in Mauritania imprisoned for blasphemy

Guest article yon Yahya Ekhou

Authorities in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania began a large-scale wave of detentions of human rights defenders two months ago.

Othman-Mohamed-Lehbib
Othman Mohamed Lehbib

As a result of these measures, twelve people were arrested, including journalists, writers and human rights activists such as Cheikh Nouh, Emine Houd, Mekfoula Ibrahim and Mini Ibrahim. During the investigations by the national security authorities, the accused were placed in solitary confinement for several days. Nine of the accused were allowed to leave prison after this time under judicial conditions. They are not allowed to leave the country.

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