Mauritania agrees to adopt roadmap to eradicate slavery

Islamic ApartheidIslamic apologists in the West routinely claim that Islam forbids slavery, but in fact the Qur’an takes slavery for granted, and according to Islamic tradition, Muhammad hallowed the practice by owning slaves himself. Mauritania adheres to the Maliki school of jurisprudence, which provides an Islamic justification for slavery. Thus although it was abolished in 1981 and made a crime in 2012, it is still widespread — because it has Islamic sanction. Yet I remember being taught in high school, way back in the 1970s, that the last country to abolish slavery was Brazil, in 1889. This wasn’t remotely true, and shows that whitewashing of Islam in the textbooks, now rampant, had begun even then.

“Mauritania agrees to adopt roadmap to eradicate slavery,” Middle East Online, February 28 (thanks to Twostellas):

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations envoy on modern-day slavery said on Thursday Mauritania had agreed to adopt a roadmap for eradicating the trade, which campaigners say remains widespread in the west African nation.

The country was the last in the world to abolish slavery, in 1981, and since 2012 its practice has been officially designated a crime, but campaigners say the government has failed in the past to acknowledge the extent of the trade, with no official data available.

Gulnara Shahinian, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on contemporary slavery, announced as she ended a four-day visit that Mauritania would adopt a roadmap on March 6 which had been prepared with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

She said the plan was “an important step in eradicating slavery in the country” and would include “a number of economic projects” to help victims out of the trade.

Shahinian added she was “satisfied with the action of the government, which has taken important steps towards the eradication of slavery” since her last visit in 2009.

Forced labour is a particularly sensitive issue in Mauritania, where anti-slavery charities are very active, especially SOS Slaves and the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Struggle against Slavery (IRSS), which supports victims in court.

Shahinian told reporters she had obtained a commitment from the government to appoint lawyers specifically trained to represent slaves in the courts, however, rather than leaving the work to charities.

She praised the “political will displayed by the authorities” in introducing anti-slavery legislation but called for better enforcement of the law.

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is in the process of setting up a special tribunal to prosecute suspects accused of involvement in slavery and various social security programmes have helped former slaves in the past.

But the beneficiaries were never recognised as such, with schemes officially targeting other disadvantaged groups.

In March last year Mauritania announced the launch of its first government agency charged explicitly with helping former slaves.

“While the train is certainly in motion, much needs to be improved, but as long as the will is there, the rest will follow in time,” Shahinian said.

The envoy, a lawyer with extensive experience as an expert consultant on children’s rights, migration and trafficking, was appointed as the first Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery in 2008.

Her findings and recommendations will be presented at a session of the UN Human Rights Council in September.

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  1. Aardvark says

    Brazil was the last civilized country to abolish slavery.

    Many mohammedan countries, including Saudi Arabia, still allow slavery, even though some of them, including Saudi Arabia, claim to have made the practise illegal.

    What else can you expect from savages?

  2. DEWDDS says

    Its nice to know Mauritania has a roadmap to end slavery. I wonder if it will be as effective in its implementation as the roadmap to peace regarding Israelis and their constantly warring Arab neighbors?

  3. King Dave Newsvine says

    More than likely, Mauritania with be the next African hotbed for Jihad.

  4. Truthiocity says

    if anyone’s planning to hold their breath over this, plan on holding it for another 33 years. Every couple of years Mauritania makes noises to the international community about ending slavery but it never happens.

  5. Carolyne says

    Islam will never outlaw slavery. Didn’t the “Perfect man,” Big Mo himself own slaves? How can one fault and not emulate the “Perfect man?”

    Islam is the most barbaric, cruel, bloodthirsty, misognystic system of repression the world has ever known. Masquerading itself as some sort of religion does not change that fact nor it’s inhumane nature.

  6. Ciccio says

    When Feisal abolished slavery in Saudi Arabia in 1962 there was a lot of muttering about favouring special interests ect. when the government offered compensation of about £1,000 per slave -to the owner of course as that was about twice the going price for a slave at the time.

    If you really want to know how many slaves there are in Mauritania all you have to do is to publish an ad in the local papers offering generous compensation to all those deprived of their slaves. The truth will then come pouring in.

    • Aardvark says

      Slavery is still common in Saudi Arabia, depite any efforts by Feisal to abolish it. And since Mohammed was a slaver, and all criticism of him is blasphemy under sharia law, there will continue to be slavery in Saudi Arabia and other mohammedan countries until we are finally rid of Islam.