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Urgent Action: Bloggers held for condemning corruption

Bloggers Cheikh Jiddou and Abderrahmane Weddady were arbitrarily arrested on 22 March in Nouakchott. Both were arrested after posting comments on Facebook condemning corruption. Their comments came after media articles were published, accusing some Mauritanian officials of corruption. The two bloggers have been charged with ‘malicious accusation’. On 27 March, they were transferred to the Central prison of Nouakchott.

Take action.




Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or French to:


President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania 
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz 
Office of the president 
BP 184 
Nouakchott, Mauritania
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Minister of Justice, Human 
Rights and Attorney General
Moctar Malal Dia 
Ministry of Justice 
BP 350 
Nouakchott, Mauritania


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY DR ISSELKOU AHMED IZID BIH NEYE, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Carlyle House, 235-237 Vauxhall Bridge Road SW1V 1EJ 020 7233 6158

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

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