Mauritania: ‘We deal with Slavery the way we deal with theft and terrorism,’ President Ould Abdel Aziz

By on December 4, 2017

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz slammed anti-slavery activists in his country adding that the North African country deals with the slavery phenomenon the same it fights theft and terrorism.
Answering media questions on the existence of slave trade markets in Libya as reported by CNN, the Mauritanian President indicated that slavery has flourished in Libya because of the inexistence of a state due to Western bombardments that killed country’s former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
The phenomenon also according to him took advantage of anarchy and terrorism that have become of the order of the day in the North African country.
For him, slavery in Mauritania as reported by IRA, a movement fighting the inhuman trade, is overblown.
“We deal with slavery the same way with deal with theft and terrorism: we have legislations to combat these offenses and crimes, but they continue to be committed and we improve our laws accordingly any time that we can,” he said.
President Ould Abdel Aziz launched a tirade against IRA leader Biram Ould Abeid who he said has stepped up criticism against his regime on personal grounds.
“Take the case Biram, he no longer has three salaries that he had as member of the Prime Minister’s office, clerk at the tribunal and as advisor to the Human Rights Council. He is looking to make it sensational,” he said.
The North Africa country abolished slavery in 1981, the last country in the world to do so, but only made it a crime in 2007.

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