Monday, July 09, 2007

Mauritanian slavery

A new bill in Mauritania making slavery punishable by up to 10 years in prison is inadequate, says Anti-Slavery International , a lobbying group. The proposed law was too weak.

Slavery has existed for centuries in Mauritania. A presidential decree abolished it in 1981, but no criminal laws were passed to enforce the ban.

"Unfortunately the proposed bill only defines an element of the practice in Mauritania," spokeswoman Romana Kacchioli told the BBC Network Africa programme .

It does not cover contemporary aspects of slavery, such as forced marriage, indentured labour or debt bondage .

And we of Socialist Banner would add , nor cover wage slavery ,either

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