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Mauritania: Activist Charged for Decrying Racism

Expand Relatives of detained activist Abdallahi Yali gather at their home in Nouakchott, Mauritania, September 2018.  © 2018 Eric Goldstein/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – A Mauritanian criminal court has charged an activist with incitement to violence and racial hatred for social media messages decrying racial discrimination in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should drop all charges against the activist, Abdallahi Salem Ould Yali, relating to his purely peaceful speech on behalf of his marginalized community, and ensure he has speedy access to all the evidence against him. Yali has been in pre-charge detention in Nouakchott prison since his arrest on January 24, 2018. He faces a long prison sentence if convicted as charged under the penal code, the cybercrimes law, and the counterterrorism law. “No one should be put on trial simply for pointing out the plight of their own community,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “If the authorities are alleging actual incitement to violence, they should give Yali and his representatives timely access to the evidence they are using against him.” The referral order, issued by an investigating judge in the West Nouakchott Court’s anti-terrorism branch on September 3, indicates that the charges are based solely on Yali’s WhatsApp messages. It does not specify the number or the dates of those messages but says Yali was active in a WhatsApp group that included some 250 participants. In WhatsApp messages that Human Rights Watch has heard and that are seemingly Yali’s, the 43-year-old activist decries the lot of his marginalized Haratines community. Haratines are the dark-skinned, Arabic-speaking descendants of slaves who constitute about one-third of the country’s population. In those clips, the speaker calls on the Haratines community to stand up for their rights and resist

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