Mauritania: Allow Ex-Guantanamo Detainee to Travel

(Tunis) – Mauritanian government ought to problem a passport straight away to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee or explain the criminal grounds for denying his right to tour, Human Rights Watch stated nowaday


Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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The United States released Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the author of a renowned prison memoir after he changed into detained for extra than 14 years in Jordan, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, and lower back him to his local Mauritania. The government now seem like arbitrarily restricting his rights.

“It isn’t always sufficient that the USA held Mohamedou Ould Slahi without fees for 14 years,” said Lama Fakih, performing the Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Now his government is depriving him of his rights without filing an unmarried rate against him.”

Ould Slahi informed Human Rights Watch that he suffers from lower back pain and ache as a consequence of operation at Guantanamo to cast off his gall bladder. Without a passport, Ould Slahi, who holds no different nationality, cannot tour overseas for clinical treatment that he says is unavailable in Mauritania.

In 2001, Ould Slahi surrendered to Mauritanian government for wondering about terrorism-related topics. They surpassed him to what appeared to be Jordanian intelligence forces, who held him in a Jordanian prison, then transferred him to US custody at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. In August 2002, US authorities transferred him to Guantanamo Bay.

In 2015, while nonetheless detained, he posted Guantanamo Diary, which US authorities approved after redacting several passages. The e-book describes physical and mental abuse, by and large through US authorities, that Ould Slahi says he suffered and has been translated into many languages and posted in over 25 nations. In 2017, following his launch, Slahi posted a new version, with the redacted passages reinstated.

In July 2016, a US overview board approved Ould Slahi for release and flew him to Mauritania that October. By then he not possessed a passport or Mauritanian ID documents. When he arrived, Mauritanian protection officers informed him that based on a US request, he could now not be issued a passport for two years, he advised Human Rights Watch.

A New Yorker article of April 15, 2019, cites an unnamed US diplomat as saying that Mauritania had agreed with America now not supply Ould Slahi a passport till after an undisclosed quantity of time had handed since his go back from Guantanamo Bay.

Several weeks after his return, Ould Slahi implemented for a brand new national ID and card, step one closer to acquiring different key documents regarding civil repute, along with a passport. He did now not receive a country wide ID card till July 2017, he said.

Ould Slahi officially applied for a passport in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, on January 2, 2019. Ould Slahi and his attorney, Brahim Ebety, stated that he had received neither a passport nor any response to his utility.

On February 25, Ebety submitted a petition to the Interior Ministry, saying that Ould Slahi has a legal proper to a passport and asking the ministry to coach civil registration government to trouble him one. The ministry has not replied, Ebety said.

Human Rights Watch wrote to the Mauritanian government on May thirteen to invite them to give an explanation for Ould Slahi’s civil popularity and the premise for having declined to act on his request for a passport. At the time of the guide, we had not received a response.

Article 10 of Mauritania’s charter guarantees the proper of citizens to enter and depart the usa freely. Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights assure the identical right, situation to restrictions as supplied by law. Mauritania is a celebration to both treaties.

Ould Slahi became born in Rosso, in southern Mauritania, and grew up in Nouakchott. After high faculty, he won a scholarship to study engineering in Germany and lived in Germany, Canada, and Mauritania before his detention in 2001. In the early 1990s, he joined Afghan Mujahideen forces to guide their combat in opposition to Afghanistan’s Soviet-subsidized government. At that time, he swore allegiance to Al-Qaida, however, has said that during 1992 – the year of his remaining go to to the usa – he reduce all ties with the company. Ould Slahi is married and the father of a young son.

“The human proper to tour is fundamental,” Fakih said. “If the government has a legitimate basis to deny considered one of its residents a passport, it desires to offer, in writing, a compelling reason, and permit that citizen to assignment the refusal.”

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