Mauritanian president says NGOs incite racial hatred among citizens

Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, pictured here on September 14, 2015 in Beijing, denies that slavery still exists in the country after it was banned in 1991 but allegedly lingers in practice, according to NGOsMauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has lashed out at human rights organisations that accuse the ethnically split country of abuses, saying they only spread “hate and division”. On Saturday — the 55th anniversary of the country’s independence — several human rights groups in Mauritania denounced the 1990 hangings of 28 black Mauritanians accused of attempting to overthrow the government. Mauritania is home to people of Arab-Berber descent as well as black Africans.

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