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Ensure the Safety of Human Rights Activist Ms. Aminetou Mint El Moctar (President of the Association of Women Heads of Family, AFCF)

It is with dismay that we have learned that the life of the famous human rights activist Aminetou Mint El Moctar (The President of the Association for Women Heads of Household) is seriously threatened.

A “fatwa” issued by Mr. Yehdhih Ould Dahi, head of the radical Islamist group called "Friends of the Prophet", encourages and calls for the assassination of Madam Aminetou Mint El Moctar because of her alleged support to a young Mauritanian who is himself accused of blasphemy or apostasy.

During the past few years, we have witnessed all kinds of threats made against this great Human Rights activist known all around the world for her commitment, dedication and tenacity. This profusion of threats from "Ulemas” or their flocks to "regulate” the lives of individuals, challenges all of us. Our religion, the religion of the Mauritanian state, must be defended against any improper use by any person whatsoever.

Because of our strong religious and human beliefs, we condemn in the strongest terms these calls for murder and urge the Mauritanian authorities to measure the gravity of the situation. We are appealing to them to urgently implement the appropriate measures that will ensure the safety of Madam Mint El Moctar. Moreover, we urge the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation in order to shed some light upon this matter, that those who are responsible of wrongdoings be punished, and that Aminetou Mint El Moctar be able to do her work in peace and serenity.

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