Tuesday, July 5, 2011

On July 5

On this day in ...
... 1980,for the 3d time in the country's history, the government of Mauritania abolished slavery by presidential decree. Legislation enacted the following year made enslavement a crime. Nonetheless, human rights groups contend that slavery remains prevalent, particularly in the eastern part of Mauritania (flag at right), located in the Maghreb region, at the northwestern corner of Africa. The most recent edition of the Country Reports issued by the State Department listed among the "[h]uman rights abuses" in the country "slavery and slavery-related practices."

(Prior July 5 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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