12-01-25 4:21 PMModern slavery in Africa | The Living ConsequencesPage 1 of 2http://living.jdewperry.com/2008/10/784/
Modern slavery in Africa
The judicial body of theEconomic Community of WestAfrican States(ECOWAS) has issued alandmark anti-slavery ruling in Niger.The court ruled that Niger failed to enforce its anti-slav-ery laws with respect to a young woman, HadijatouMani, who was sold into slavery there at the age of 12,and awarded her about $19,000 in damages.Despite having anti-slavery laws, Niger has a long history of internal slavery, particu-larly among nomadic tribes in remote regions, which have been enslaving those of other ethnic groups for centuries. Today, roughly 43,000 of Niger’s citizens are be-lieved to be enslaved, and this ruling potentially impacts all of them.Ms. Mani was born into a traditional class of slaves, forced to work in her master’sfields and, she says, repeatedly raped by him. After a decade, when she sought free-dom under Niger’s laws, her former master successfully claimed that she had beenmarried to him, causing her to be sentenced to six months in jail for bigamy.ECOWAS is a regional institution comprised of 15 West African nations and foundedin 1975 to promote economic integration among its members. The Community Courtof Justice was established in 1991 to issue binding settlements of disputes within thecommunity over the community’s treaty provisions and fundamental human rights(as recognized in theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights).0 0shareNew
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7:40 pm, 23 February, 2009.
says:i think that this info is good only that it should be in more quantities. also iwould like to say that i was shocked by all this… is just amazing how there arestill people that want to do this instead of moving on … it’s just really sad