Mauritania: Initial Report, 1986-2001
Concluding ObservationsAdopted at 31st Ordinary Session, 2 - 16 May 2002, Pretoria, South Africa.
The African Commission recommends that the Government of Mauritania should:
15. Enhance its efforts to raise awareness of human and peoples’ rights in Mauritania;
16. Particularly emphasise on women and children in its programmes to fight poverty in Mauritania;
17. Intensify its efforts to ensure access to education of women and children in Mauritania;
18. Intensify its awareness campaign to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country;
19. Continue cultivating a culture of respect for human rights in order to reduce tension within the society and allow peaceful coexistence of the various ethnic groups in Mauritania;
20. Inform the African Commission on the status of its ratification of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.
21. Inform the African Commission, in its next Periodic Report, of the steps it has taken to address the areas of concern, as well as how it has implemented the recommendations in this Concluding Observations.
Adopted at the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights held from 2 to 16 May 2002, Pretoria, South Africa
This report should be considered as the initial, first, and following six (6) Periodic reports that the Islamic Republic of Mauritania should have presented since 1990. It contains an introduction on Mauritania, followed by an overview of the situation of the rights enumerated in the Charter, article by article.
In the Conclusion:
"The Islamic Republic of Mauritania .. continues, through its legislation and program development, to work building a culture that respects African democratic freedoms, rights and duties as carried by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
It would be tedious to enumerate the actions undertaken since 1985 aimed at the gradual establishment and consolidation of democracy within the framework of the democratic constitution of July 20, 1991. Efforts continue to ensure the independence of justice, promote the various human rights, spreading knowledge and the fight against poverty, in a particularly difficult international context, marked by globalization.
Of course, shortcomings persist, but the Mauritanian government is committed to take all legal or institutional measures, in order to ensure effective realisation of the Charter.
In this context, the construction of the democratic constitutional state, respectful of human rights, requires the full participation of all citizens, plus the cooperation and understanding of the entire international community. "