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UN welcomes release of two anti-slavery activists in Mauritania

Mauritania anti-slavery activist Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid (C) is welcomed by supporters as he walks out of jail after the country's supreme court downgraded the crimes they were convicted of and ordered their release, on May 17, 2016 in NouakchottUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the release of two human rights activists from prison in Mauritania by a decision of the Supreme Court. Ban “commends efforts by the Mauritanian authorities to strengthen the rule of law and urges the judicial authorities to pursue their efforts to carefully investigate the circumstances that led to the arrests of the activists,” a UN statement said. “The secretary-general also encourages the Mauritanian Government to pursue its efforts to promote national unity and social cohesion,” it added.

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