Following a visit to the West African country, Tomoya Obokata - the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery has called on the authorities in Mauritania to take urgent measures to implement an anti-slavery law which was passed in 2015. He said people were still being born into slavery.
Caste-based slavery and chattel slavery – where one person owns another – were still happening. He said enslaved people in Mauritania - particularly women and children - were subject to violence and sexual abuse.
Even though laws had been passed, they were not being implemented.