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Human Rights Watch Press Conference Foiled in Mauritania

Expand Human Rights Watch press conference in Nouakchott, Mauritania, February 12, 2018. © 2018 Amadou Sy “You said human rights? You need to get the OK elsewhere,” said the hakim (a municipal officer) after we asked him to hold a press conference earlier this month in a hotel in Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott. Normally, the hakim decides on such permits, but since our event involved presenting a report critical of the government’s restrictions on human rights defenders, he wasn’t taking any chances. “If the Human Rights Commissariat approves you, then…

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