Source: African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
ACHPR Comms 54/91, 61/91, 96/93, 98/93, 164/97, 196/97 and 210/98 : Malawi Africa Association, Amnesty International, Ms Sarr Diop, Union interafricaine des droits de l’Homme and RADDHO, Collectif des veuves et ayants-droits, Association mauritanienne des droits de l’Homme / Mauritania
1. These communications relate to the situation prevailing in Mauritania between 1986 and 1992. The Mauritanian population, it should be remarked, is composed essentially of Moors (also known as ‘Beidanes’) who live in the North of the country, and various black ethnic groups, including the Soninke, Wolofs and the HalPulaar in the South. The Haratines (freed slaves) are closely associated with the Moors, though they physically resemble the Black population of the South.