Mauritania legislature criminalizes slavery Michael Sung at 11:30 AM ET
[JURIST] The Mauritanian National Assembly formally criminalized slave ownership Wednesday, unanimously adopting legislation that makes slavery punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The law also criminalizes the promotion or defense of slavery, which will be punishable by up to two years in prison. Slavery, which was officially banned by presidential decree in 1981, persists in certain regions of Mauritania and has never been criminalized.
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