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SLAVERY IN MAURITANIA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1067: tabled on 03 February 2016

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 40 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that Mauritania consistently ranks among the worst countries in slavery indexes with between four and 20 per cent of the population living as slaves, most of them women from the Haratin ethnic group, and with slave status often being passed between generations; further notes that purported anti-slavery legislation in 2007 has not changed the layers of civil exclusion, social degradation and economic exploitation, which Mauritanian authorities pass off as what it calls the last vestiges of slavery; deplores the lack of progress made by the Mauritanian government in eradicating slavery and addressing the growing reprisals against anti-slavery human rights defenders, including the 2013 Human Rights Prize Laureate and the 2014 residential runner-up, Biram Dah Abeid; contrasts the Mauritanian government's failure to hold slave-owners to account with the ongoing imprisonment of many anti-slavery activists; requests that the Government investigates reports of domestic workers being trafficked from Mauritania to Saudi Arabia; urges the Government to press the Mauritanian government to uphold its international human rights obligations to eradicate slavery and protect human rights defenders; and encourages the Secretary of State for International Development to work closely with international partners such as Anti-Slavery International and to allocate funds to support civil society programmes to combat slavery and broader multilateral efforts relating to political reform, good governance and human rights.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Ahmed-Sheikh, Ms Tasmina
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2016
Ochil and South Perthshire
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2016
Livingston
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 February 2016
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Boswell, Philip
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2016
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 4 February 2016
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 April 2016
Carshalton and Wallington
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 February 2016
Edinburgh South West
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
Lanark and Hamilton East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2016
Coventry South
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2016
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Donaldson, Stuart Blair
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2016
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 February 2016
Motherwell and Wishaw
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2016
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2016
Newport West
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
North East Fife
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 February 2016
Glasgow North
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2016
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 9 February 2016
North Down
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2016
Luton North
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2016
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 10 February 2016
Belfast South
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2016
Glasgow North East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2016
Falkirk
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 February 2016
East Dunbartonshire
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 February 2016
Argyll and Bute
Paterson, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2016
Stirling
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
South Down
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 4 February 2016
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
Upper Bann
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
Glasgow South West
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 5 February 2016
Leicester East
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 March 2016
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.