3.6 million people
1,000 USD GNI (PPP)
Partly Free
Not Free

News & Updates

Expanding the definition of and increasing the penalties for acts of slavery is a major achievement by the Mauritanian government and a step toward eliminating the pervasive practice. 

Mauritania tear gas protest photo

On July 30, police in Nouakchott, Mauritania, beat and then arrested peaceful protestors demonstrating for the release of anti-slavery activists Biram dah Abeid and Brahim Ould Bilal. 

In response to today’s decision by a Mauritanian court to sentence to two years imprisonment three anti-slavery activists, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

Freedom House issued the following statement after a a court in Nouadhibou, Mauritania issued a death sentence to Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’Kheitir for apostasy, after he publishedan article that discussed the caste system and the Prophet Mohammad.


Signature Reports

Special Reports

Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa 2007

Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.


No programs have been associated with this content.