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Mauritania – Ratification of two texts relating to the protection of human rights (October 4, 2012)

France welcomes the ratification by Mauritania of two major human rights instruments.

On October 3, Mauritania ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

It becomes the 36th State Party to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which recognizes the widespread or systematic practice of enforced disappearance as a crime against humanity, strengthens safeguards relating to detention, and gives families and loved ones the right to know the truth about the fate of the victims.

Mauritania also became the 64th State Party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which allows the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture to conduct visits and requires the State Party to establish a national mechanism for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment.

France calls for the universal ratification of these two texts.


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