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Mauritania Imprisons Anti-Slavery Activists

A wave of arrests in Mauritania have landed anti-slavery activists behind bars. Authorities arrested at least nine activists between June 29 and July 3 and denied them access to their families and lawyers, according to Amnesty International. The activists are part of the Initiative for Resurgent Abolition Movement (IRA), one of the main organizations that have shone a spotlight on the persistence of slavery in Mauritania. They were arrested following a protest against the forced...

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