Abderrahmane Weddady, a prominent Mauritanian transparency and human rights activist, was
detained on March 22 along with blogger and transparancy advocate Cheikh Ould Jiddou. Both were
charged on March 27 with “slander” under article 348 of the Mauritanian Penal Code. They risk up to
5 years in prison for posting investigative articles on social networks about alleged government
Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou reported on a nationwide real-estate scam, which
has affected more than 7,000 Mauritanian families. The total value of the deals involved is estimated
at 200 million USD. Documents, uncovered by Weddady, allege that President Aziz’s family directly
benefitted from the swindle.
As a signatory country to the Cotonou Agreement, Mauritania has pledged to respect conditions
regarding human rights, governance and the rule of law.
1. Is the HR/VP aware of the recent arrest of Aderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou, and
has the EU delegation in Mauritania been in contact with officials dealing with their case?
2. Does the HR/VP agree that Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou must be immediately
and unconditionally released, and is she willing to raise their case both publicly and in contacts with
the Mauritanian authorities?