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How the Arrest of Two Slave Owners in Mauritania Sets Precedence

A week in which two slave-owners were jailed and two leading anti-slavery activists were released from prison in Mauritania could mark a turning point in the West African nation’s fight to eliminate the practice, campaigners said on Wednesday.

On May 16 and 17, the special court sentenced two slave-owners, 75-year-old Sidi Mohammed Ould Hanana and 31-year-old Hlehana Ould Hmeyada to five years in prison for owning slaves. The two will serve one year in prison and four years suspended.

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The court also ordered the two convicts to compensate two female victims, Fatimetou Mint Hamdi and Fatimetou Mint Zaydih.A week in which two slave-owners were jailed and two leading anti-slavery activists were released from prison in Mauritania could mark a turning point in the West African nation’s fight to eliminate the practice, campaigners said on Wednesday.

Prominent activists Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal, who had been in prison for 18 months after taking part in an anti-slavery march, were freed two days later by the Supreme Court.

 

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