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Mauritania Jails Anti-slavery Activists for up to 15 Years

A tribunal in Mauritania has sentenced 13 anti-slavery activists to up to 15 years in prison for their role in a riot in June in a decision condemned on Friday by international campaigners as a "devastating blow." The West African nation is a focus of activism by the modern anti-slavery movement over a practice believed to affect between four and 20 percent of the population. Authorities arrested the 13 members of the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) in late June...

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