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Mauritania: Prison Terms for Men Celebrating Birthday

Expand View of Mauritania's capital city, Nouakchott. © Eric Goldstein/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – A Mauritanian court on January 30, 2020, convicted eight men of “committing indecent acts” and “inciting debauchery,” after a video showing them celebrating a birthday party in a restaurant led to their arrest, Human Rights Watch said today. The court sentenced all eight to two years in prison. Police arrested the eight men and two other people on January 23, three days after the video circulated on social media. While the Western Nouakchott police commissioner, Mohamed Ould Nejib, acknowledged…

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