Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Citizenship and Country Documents

US Government Reports

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT105237.FE - National identity documents in use in Mauritania, including the passport, identity card, birth certificate and marriage certificate; description of those documents and procedures for obtaining them - August 2015 (PDF)
    • MRT101578.FE - Mauritania: National identity documents in use in Mauritania, including the passport, identity card, birth certificate and marriage certificate; description of those documents; procedures for obtaining those documents - August 2006 (PDF)
    • ZZZ100530.E - Senegal and Mauritania: Treatment of Mauritanians in Senegal; whether or not Senegal grants permanent residency and/or citizenship to Mauritanian exiles or children of exiled black Mauritanians, and procedures involved; whether stateless black Mauritanians returning to Mauritania have their nationality status returned (2003 - August 2005) - September 2005 (PDF)

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Children

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Children - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)
  • Department Of Labor – Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor – 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Coalition to stop the use of Child Soldiers - Child Soldiers Global Report - 2008 (PDF)
  • Minority Rights Group International
    • Landmark ruling on Mauritania’s continued failure to eradicate child slavery – June 2018 (PDF)


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Corruption

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Corruption and Lack of Transparancy in Government - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

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Disabilities

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Persons with Disabilities - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

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Elections

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Elections and Political Participation - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT102874.FE - Mauritania: The political situation, including the 2006-2007 elections, the post-election conditions and certain measures taken by the new government regarding the abolition of slavery and the struggle against al-Qaida - June 2008 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports


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Ethnic Groups / Race

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - National/Racial/Ethnic Groups - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT43189.FE - Mauritania: Mauritania: the Oulad (or Awlad) Nasser tribe; how a foreign national or the Mauritanian government can determine whether a person is a member of this tribe - November 2004 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Minority Rights Group International - State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF)

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Ethnic Groups / Race - Black Africans

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT103076.E - Mauritania: Mauritania: Situation of black Mauritanians (2006 - 2008) - February 2009 (PDF)
    • MRT100984.FE - Mauritania: The situation of Blacks; the government's attitude toward Blacks in Mauritania (2003-2006) - June 2006 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports


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Ethnic Groups / Race - Castes

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT106047.FE - Mauritania: The Moulamines (blacksmiths), including their unique characteristics and their location; treatment of the Moulamines by society and the authorities; consequences of a marriage to a person of a noble caste; protection available - February 2018 (PDF)

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Ethnic Groups / Race - Haratin

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • World Directory of Minorities - Haratin (PDF)

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Gender

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Women - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT104131.E - Mauritania: Prevalence of forced marriage; information on legal status, including state protection; ability of women to refuse a forced marriage - June 2012 (PDF)
    • MRT103236.E - Mauritania: Treatment of men who have fathered a child out of wedlock; manner in which honour may be restored to all persons concerned; state protection available; whether the situation is different if the man is of a lower social class than the woman (2005 - August 2009) - September 2009 (PDF)
    • MRT101579.FE - Mauritania: Prevalence of forced marriages; legal status; ability of women to refuse a forced marriage; and state protection - August 2006 (PDF)
    • MRT43225.FE - Mauritania: Follow-up to MRT43188.FE of 30 November 2004 on honour crimes; the risks facing a woman engaged to be married who has a child with another man and the risks facing that other man; the conditions for honour to be restored to all persons concerned; state protection available - December 2004 (PDF)
    • MRT43188.FE - Mauritania: Honour crimes; the risks facing a woman engaged to be married who has a child with another man and the risks facing that other man; the conditions for honour to be restored to all persons concerned; state protection available - November 2004 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Minority Rights Group International - Still Far From Freedom: The Struggle of Mauritania’s Haratine Women – May 2015 (PDF)
  • Human Rights Watch Profiles
    • “Mauritania:  “They Told Me to Keep Quiet” Obstacles to Justice and Remedy for Sexual Assault in Mauritania – Sept. 2018 (PDF)


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Human Rights

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT104506.FE - Military service, including whether it is compulsory; potential consequences if a person evades military service - July 2013 (PDF)
    • MRT102417.FE - Mauritania: Government treatment of members of the Mauritanian Human Rights Association (Association mauritanienne des droits de l'homme, AMDH) (2003 - Feb. 2007) - February 2007 (PDF)
    • MRT101577.FE - Mauritania: The country's situation, including the human rights situation and the political situation (August 2005 - August 2006) - August 2006 (PDF)
    • MRT100617.FE - Mauritania: Whether Mauritania is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS);the rights of Mauritanian nationals to settle in Senegal - October 2005 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Amnesty International - 2018 (PDF), 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF)
  • Freedom House - 2018 (PDF), 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF)
  • Human Rights Watch - Human Rights Defenders at Risk:   Curbs on Activism Over Discrimination, Other Sensitive Topics – Feb. 2018 (PDF)

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Justice System

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Arbitrary Arrests and Detentions - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT103362.E - Mauritania: Whether Mauritanian citizens are subject to possible convictions and sentences in absentia; if so, the types of offences and crimes for which they could receive convictions or sentences - May 2010 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Minority Rights Group International - Enforcing Mauritania’s Anti-Slavery Legislation: The Continued Failure of the Justice System to Prevent, Protect and Punish – Oct. 2015 (PDF)

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Law

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Amnesty International
    • Making Love a Crime: Criminalization of Same-Sex Conduct in Sub-Saharan Afica - April 2013 (PDF)
  • Minority Rights Group International
    • Anti-Slavery Law - 2015 (PDF)
    • Anti - Slavery Law - 2007 (PDF)

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Maps


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Medical Availability

US Government Reports

International Government Organization Reports


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Political Figures and Parties

US Government Reports

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT102207.FE - Mauritania: The activites of the movement called the African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (Forces de libération africaines de Mauritanie, FLAM) in the late 1980s, particularly crimes committed by FLAM members between 1987 and 1990 - December 2006 (PDF)
    • MRT101195.FE - Mauritania: Attitude of the current government authorities toward the people who were close to former president Maaouya Ould Taya, particularly his family, his associates, members of his ethnic group and former members of the government and security forces under his regime, since the 3 August 2005 coup d'état (August 2005 - March 2006) - March 2006 (PDF)
    • MRT100994.FE - Mauritania: The party called the People's Front (Front populaire, FP) and the Mauritanian government's attitude toward its members - February 2006 (PDF)
    • MRT100818.FE - Mauritania: A political party called "Alliance populaire progressiste" (APP), especially the treatment of its members under the regime of Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, and the party's situation since the coup d'étatm on 3 August 2005 (12 December 1984 - November 2005) - November 2005 (PDF)
    • MRT100546.FE - Mauritania: The Patriotic Alliance (Alliance patriotique); specifically, when it was founded, its position on the 3 August 2005 coup d'état in Mauritania, and the treatment of its members by government authorities - September 2005 (PDF)
    • MRT43039.FE – Mauritania: Update to MRT39363.E of 25 September 2002 on the Union of Democratic Forces-New Era (Union des forces démocratiques-Ère nouvelle, UFD-EN) and its successor, the Rally of Democratic Forces (Rassemblement des forces démocratiques, RFD), including the treatment of its members by government authorities (2002-October 2004) - October 2004 (PDF)
    • ZZZ42947.FE- Mauritania/Senegal: Update to MRT33018.F of 16 November 1999 on the treatment of members of the African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (FLAM) in Mauritania; the attitude of the Sengalese government toward FLAM refugees in Senegal - August 2004 (PDF)

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Refugees

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Protection of Refugees - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

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Religion

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Freedom of Religion - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)
  • State Department International Religious Freedom Report - 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

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Sexual Orientation

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Sexual Orientation - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)
  • Research Information Center (RIC Reports)
    • MRT00001.ZCH - Mauritania: Information on the treatment of male homosexuals - January 2000 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT104351.FE - Treatment of sexual minorities by society and the authorities, including laws, state protection and support services - Apr. 2013 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Amnesty International
    • Making Love a Crime: Criminalization of Same-Sex Conduct in Sub-Saharan Afica - April 2013 (PDF)

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Specific Country Issues - Treatment of Returnees

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT103486.E - Mauritania: Situation of Afro-Mauritanians who left in 1989 and returned from Senegal since 2007; whether Mauritania is accepting the returnees and is granting them citizenship; the situation of those who return (March 2009 - May 2010) - May 2010 (PDF)
    • MRT103075.E - Mauritania: Situation of returnees who left Mauritania in 1989, especially those who returned from Senegal and those who returned since November 2007 (2007 - January 2009) - February 2009 (PDF)
    • ZZZ100530.E - Senegal and Mauritania: Treatment of Mauritanians in Senegal; whether or not Senegal grants permanent residency and/or citizenship to Mauritanian exiles or children of exiled black Mauritanians, and procedures involved; whether stateless black Mauritanians returning to Mauritania have their nationality status returned (2003 - August 2005) - September 2005 (PDF)

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Speech / Press / Internet

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Freedom of Speech and Press - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports


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Timeline

Media


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Trafficking

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Trafficking in Persons - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)
  • Trafficking in Persons Report - Mauritania - 2018 (PDF), 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF)

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Terrorism

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Terrorism - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF)

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • MRT101162.FE - Mauritania: Terrorist acts or violence against civilians committed by the African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (Forces de libération africaines de Mauritanie, FLAM) since their formation in 1983 - March 2006 (PDF)

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Torture

US Government Reports

  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF)
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Updated September 27, 2018

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