News and Comments 3 Feb 2012


Video showing police arresting some of the Nouakchott Uni students last night.

Ahmed Ould Mohamed Haji

Student Union Leader Ahmed Ould Mohamed Haji

Detained Uni Students

Nouakchott Uni Students

#Mauritania student union leader sustained a head injury during the violent police raid on the sit-in late on 2 Feb 2012. He was violently arrested, taken to location unknown, his physical condition is uncertain and his situation is a cause for concern. Some of around 50 arrested students now reported released, others are still detained

Mohammadreza Hamedan Esfahani

Mohammadreza Hamedan Esfahani


14 thoughts on “News and Comments 3 Feb 2012

  1. Deportation Alert: Mohammadreza Hamedan Esfahani, Christian convert & political activist who fled #Iran to #Sweden with his wife and his children 6 years ago is due to be deported to Iran on 14th February …. We have a short time to save his life and stop their deportation as they would face severe punishment in Iran.

    Below is their details:

    Mohammadreza Hamedan Esfahani
    Bahareh Pourfard
    Asal Hamedian Esfahani
    Daniel Hamedian Esfahani

    tel: 0046700256506

    tw: FB

  2. #Algeria has signed a memorandum of understanding to supply 3100 tons of rice to UNHCR in #Mauritania to help overcome the effects of drought on food supplies. On top of the various aid packages that have been announced in the past week or so, already amounting to several millions of dollars, and the ongoing fund raising campaign, you might expect that all will be OK. However, my instincts tell me that is it somehow more important to Western political interests that the emphasis on Mauritania and its neighbors having a food crisis continues for a while longer. tw: [Ar]

  3. US State Dept has confirmed 2 American tourists kidnapped in #Egypt have been released unharmed. NGO staff still banned from leaving the country are taking refuge in the US Embassy Cairo. tw:

  4. Open letter re: Deportation of #Ethiopia Refugees from #Norway
    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
    Dear Ambassador,
    I was disturbed by a young woman cry this evening in our chat room. She and about 400 of them have been living in Norway and were told that they will be deported to Ethiopia soon. Deportedto Ethiopia under Meles Zenawi? Will you deport someone to a country they left which is known for human right violations and killings of its citizens? Why is Norway discriminating against Ethiopian political refugees? Ethiopians in diaspora are now more than 2 million . Ethiopians are fleeing their country for the last 20 years to save their lives. More than 90 percent of Ethiopians left Ethiopia in the last 20 years. It is estimated that more than 20,000 are fleeing Ethiopia monthly illegally.
    Torture and abuse at the hands of Ethiopian government officials…
    Europeans and American policy makers know what is going on in Ethiopia. Meles Zenawi is another Bashar al-Assad. Meles is killing quietly while Assad is killing on broad day light. I am sure you will not return back anyone from Syria now. Unfortunately, Meles Zenawi is the worst dictator which happens to be in good terms with the West for the time being.
    Mubarak was also in good terms with the West until he was toppled a year ago. The mistreatment of Ethiopians in Norway and forced deportation is illegal by any standard. Ethiopians are peaceful people but let me tell you one spectacular action by an individual might be needed after such frustration. Yenesew Gebrea young man burnt himself to death on 11-11-11 after humiliationin his own country.
    There are many Yenesew Gebres in Norway who would like to take their own life rather than being deported to Ethiopia under Meles Zenawi. The cry of the young woman in our chat room at this very moment makes me so emotional. The truth is many Norwegian politicians do not know or try to ignore who Yenesew Gebre is, a Marty Times Magazine consider as one of influential people of 2011.
    It is unfortunate some of our Ethiopian brothers andsisters will be forced to take their own action to stop their illegal deportation. I beg you Mr. Ambassador to stop the coming disaster before lives are lost.

    tw: FB

  5. More: Oxfam bangs the famine drum for #WestAfrica #Chad #BurkinaFaso #Mali #Mauritania #Niger in HuffPo. Fairly unconvincing using the same old style of campaign with photos of dried up crops and sad-faced locals that everyone has been seeing since the 60s. I thought the modern approach was to take early action to avoid dragging a crisis out for decades and spawning unwieldy, expensive, inefficient organisations like.. Oxfam. tw:

  6. #Mauritania students in #Morocco under pressure. Moroccan security forces stormed Mauritanian Embassy in Rabat where students were protesting and demanding action from Mauritania because the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation was preventing them from registering at university in Morocco even though they had letters of acceptance. Several students were arrested. This is at least the third time students have been arrested in Morocco after staging a protest at the Mauritanian Embassy. Not exactly hallowed ground! tw: [Ar]
    We need to find a reason for this exaggerated animosity towards Mauritania’s students, both at home and abroad. Are they suspected of being seditious?

  7. Not impressed by reporting on #Mauritania “food crisis” by ppl 1000+ miles further from there than I am. However, polite questions requesting confirmation, facts, figures, links, to support their bald statements are not eliciting any response so far. If you fancy yourself some sort of pundit/authority, better start drafting your “Mauritania: a country in crisis” articles now. Get in ahead of the rush. tw:

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