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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 

Lawsuit filed against Mauritanian dictator for ethnic cleansing

Here's another newsletter I got from SliwaNews regarding the situation in Mauritania:
For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2007

Mauritanian Exiles File Lawsuit Against Former Dictator For Ethnic Cleansing

New York, NY - Mauritanian exiles living in New York filed a class action lawsuit yesterday against Maaouya Ould Sidi Ahmed Taya, for the crimes committed during a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Black Mauritanians from 1989 to 1991. The lawsuit was filed in United States Federal Court by attorneys from the Refugee Defense Alliance.

A press conference will be held on Thursday, May 24th in New York at 6:30 pm at the Global Information Network, 146 W 29th Street, Suite 7E. For more information contact Wesley O'Brien at wesley.obrien@gmail.com.

Mauritania, situated on the edge of the Sahara along the west coast of Africa, is divided ethnically between the Arab north and Black-African south. Black-Africans in Mauritania have long resisted the policy of Arabization and continued practice of slavery in the country.

Using a 1989 border skirmish with neighboring Senegal as a pretext, government forces acting under the command of defendant Taya used torture, murder and large-scale deportation to establish Arab domination of the land, military and government. By 1991, thousands of Black-Africans were murdered and more than 120,000 were deported.

Defendant Taya, who is also under indictment by the International Court of Justice, led a dictatorial regime for 21 years with Ely Ould Mohamed Vall acting as chief of his secret police. In August 2005, Vall seized power through a military coup, but has since permitted elections and the transfer of power to a newly elected president.

Lead plaintiff Abda Wone stated, "Some people say that we should not open old wounds after the country has experienced what was characterized as a democratic election and a peaceful transfer of power. But until the thousands of Black Mauritanians living as slaves are free and the refugees can return home, we have a country that is neither democratic nor peaceful. At least now we might have justice."

Lisa Vives
Executive Director
Global Information Network
146 West 29th Street Suite 7E
New York, NY 10001
www.globalinfo.org
212-244-3123 (voice)
212-244-3522 (fax)

GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK distributes news and feature articles on Africa and the developing world to mainstream, alternative, ethnic and minority-owned outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Our goal is to increase the perspectives available to readers in North America and to bring into their view information about global issues that are overlooked or under-reported by mainstream media.
The blacks of Mauritania most definitely should have justice after what they've been through. The Muslim dictators dominating the country do not belong there, and should be shown the door!

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