The Human rights Observatory in Mauritania has condemned the authorities for refusing to allow entry to a delegation from Libya which planned to visit with sister organisations. A spokesperson from the Libyan group told local reporters in Mauritania of the situation by telephone, after they were denied leave to visit. Officals claimed it was for “security reasons”.
The group represents victims of the Abu Salim prison massacre, which claimed the lives of at least 1,200 inmates in Libya. Former Libyan Intelligence Minister Abdullah al Senoussi, currently a guest of the Mauritania regime after being apprehended illegally entering the country from Morocco using a fake Mali passport, is thought to own at least part of the responsibility for the events in Abu Salim.