25 July 2012

Mauritania: The Use of the Excessive Power Resulted in a Murder, Injuries and Detainees As the Police Attacks a Workers' Protest

ANHRI condemns the severe and continued suppression against the workers in "MCM" of "Akjoujt" in Mauritania by the security forces which resulted in a martyr of a worker, injuries and arrests for others.

The events started, nearly two weeks ago, when the foreign copper company "MCM" workers, which works in the mining field, decided to strike and set-in the company's headquarters. They protested because the company did not fulfill its obligations which previously signed with the workers. The security forces used the excessive power with the protesters to force them to resolve the protest and stop the set-in, the forces used the a lot of the tear gas bombs, hit some of them using the sticks and arrested some of them.

The result was a martyr of one of the labor union' leader, called "Mohamed Wals El-Mashozafy", aged 35 years. He died after the forces arrested him and dragged him then hit him him until he gave the last breath.

The police forces arrested many several workers, come at the top list of them "Osman Wald Krieft" the rights activist and the labor union leader.

Many people of "Akjoujt" joined the protesters to help them to face the police brutal attacks and sever violence, the conflicts extend to include all the over city.

ANHRI said that "the right of the strike and the peaceful assemble is a legitimate right to express the opinion, it is untouchable, and should not attack the workers under no circumstances".

ANHRI asserted on the right of the workers to use their rights of strike and sit-in to defend their own legitimate interests, which is recognized by UN covenant on civil and political rights

ANHRI called for the quick detection of the criminals who committed the murder of El-Mashozafy" and bring them to justice, as well as the release of "Osman Wals Krieft" and all of the prisoners due to such incident.

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