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Mauritania: Repressive Laws Restrict Peaceful Speech

Expand People wait to cast their vote on September 1, 2018 outside a polling station in Nouakchott for the country's legislative, regional and local elections.  © 2018 Ahmed Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadj/AFP/Getty Images (Geneva) –Mauritanian authorities used a litany of harsh and overbroad laws on terrorism, cybercrime, apostasy, and criminal defamation to prosecute and jail human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, and political dissidents during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019. In the latest such case, a criminal court in September charged an activist,…

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