Police, Slavery Activists Clash At Mauritania Parliament – African News Network | Latest African News | Nigerian News | Breaking News
Connect with us

African News

Police, Slavery Activists Clash At Mauritania Parliament

Published

on

Police, Slavery Activists Clash At Mauritania Parliament

Mauritanian police clashed on Monday with anti-slavery activists demanding the release of an imprisoned legislator as the country’s newly-elected National Assembly held its maiden session.

Police using truncheons and teargas dispersed demonstrators who had gathered outside parliament in Nouakchott to call for the release of anti-slavery campaigner and new MP Biram Ould Dah Abeid.

Abeid is president of an unlicensed NGO called the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement.

He has been in custody since early August after a journalist filed suit against him for “slander, insults and incitement to hatred.”

“Nine people were injured,” including Abeid’s wife, a spokesman for the protestors, Hamadi Ould Lehbouss, said.

READ:  Zimbabwe VP Says Mnangagwa "Will Remain President Even After The Much Anticipated Court Ruling"

“These are young people who came to demand the release of the MP and leader who has been unjustly imprisoned,” he told AFP.

“People are having fun ignoring the case and holding him in prison in defiance of any reason.”

Remnants of traditional slavery have become a major issue in Mauritania, a deeply conservative, predominantly Muslim state.

Under a generations-old system of servitude, members of a “slave” caste are forced to work without pay, typically as cattle herders and domestic servants, despite an official ban that makes slavery punishable by up to 20 years’ jail.

READ:  Egypt Says Perpetrators Of Attack Against Christians Killed

No official figures exist for those still enslaved, but some NGOs estimate that up to 43,000 people remained in bondage in 2016, accounting for around one percent of the population.

Inside parliament, the first session of the National Assembly elected last month got underway with the approval of Cheikh Ould Baya as speaker.

Baya is a former colonel and ally of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, whose second and final term of office ends next year.

READ:  Rare Emerald Crystal Found In Zambia's Kagem Mine

Baya, best known outside of Mauritania as his country’s chief negotiator on fishing quotas, was approved by 118 votes to 27.

Abdel Aziz’s Union for the Republic was the big winner in legislative, regional and local elections held on September 1 and 15, with an Islamist party coming a distant second.

Abeid, the runner-up in 2014’s presidential election, also won a seat.

African News

Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected

Published

on

By

Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected

A push to launch a high-level study of potentially risky technological fixes to curb climate change was abandoned at a UN Environmental conference in Nairobi late last week.  Countries, including the United states, had raised objections.

Switzerland’s Environmental Ambassador Franz Xavier Perrez, said that was a huge disappointment.  His country had proposed the UN assessment with the backing of eleven other governments.

READ:  Student Volunteers Provide Free Education To Displaced Children In Somalia

“Geo-engineering” technologies are gaining prominence, and they aim to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, or block some of the Sun’s warmth to cool the earth.

READ:  Cars Plunge As Highway Bridge Collapses In Italy Killing 20

Supporters say these technologies could help fend off some of the worst impact of runaway climate change, including worsening storms and heatwaves.  Opponents, on the other hand, argue the emerging technologies pose huge potential risks to people and nature and could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

READ:  MSF Suspends Work In Eastern DRC After Gunmen Abduct Staff

Continue Reading

African News

Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs

Published

on

By

Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs

Tanzanian government is optimistic that the implementation of Stiegler’s Gorge hydro-electric power station would produce thousands of jobs.  It is also expected to generate more than two thousand mega-watts.

Energy Minister, Dr. Medard Kalemani, told the parliamentary committee on energy and minerals that five thousand Tanzanians would be employed as temporary workers, and four hundred others would be employed under permanent contracts.

READ:  Student Volunteers Provide Free Education To Displaced Children In Somalia

Kalemani said the implementation of the project would not only uplift the livelihoods of Mloka villagers in Rufiji district in cost region, and of Kisaki villagers in Morogoro region, it would also enable the supply of electricity to 37 villages in Kibiti and Chalinze.  He said twelve villages will be connected to electricity under Tanzania Rural Energy Agency program.

READ:  At Least 900 Dead Of Measles Since October In Madagascar - WHO

Continue Reading

African News

African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity

Published

on

By

African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity

President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, Justice Sylvain Ore, has said the pan African organ, based in Arusha, has doubled its judicial productivity, and is optimistic it will even do better this year.

Commenting on the on-going reforms at the African Union, initiated under the guidance of the immediate past chairperson, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Justice Ore wanted the court to be a model for internal reforms and an efficiency icon for the rest of the institutions and citizens of the continent.

READ:  Nigerian Football Officials Charged With $9.5m Fraud

The African court was established by the African Charter and began operations in two thousand six in Addis Ababa.  It moved to its permanent seat in Arusha a year later.  It has finalized 48 cases with a hundred thirty-five cases pending.

READ:  Ebola Death Toll In DRC Rises To 55

So far, 30 countries have ratified the protocol establishing the court, but only nine countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Tunisia, and hosts Tanzania—have made the declaration to allow individuals and NGOs to access the court directly.

READ:  Sony Says Two Catering Team Members Involved In Stabbing Incident At London HQ

Continue Reading

Trending

Subscribe to ANN News Alert

Be the first to receive the latest news from Africa and around the world.

%d bloggers like this: