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Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed

HRD & Journalist

Mohamed Cheik Ould Mohamed is a slavery abolitionist, blogger, and freelance writer who often contributed to online news sites in Mauritania before his arrest, detention, and conviction.

Mauritania has suffered two military coups in the last decade. In 2009, a year after the last coup, elections were held and the results maintained the leader of the military junta in power by a narrow majority in the polls. The 2006 Constitution, approved by referendum, reduced the presidential mandate to five years and imposed a two-term limit. It also protects the rights of freedom of expression, association and assembly as well as freedom of opinion and thought. Despite a solid constitutional framework and democratic elections, human rights defenders in the country are subject to acts of harassment and intimidation, in particular those working on anti-slavery issues.