Fatimata M’baye

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Fatimata M’baye and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016

Fatimata M’baye (Arabic: فاطمتا أمباي ) is a Mauritanian lawyer and human rights activist.[1] She started the Mauritanian Association for Human Rights. In 2016 she received an International Women of Courage Award.[2]

Life[change | change source]

M'baye studied law and economics at Nouakchott University from 1981 to 1985. She became the first woman lawyer in Mauritania.[1]

Work[change | change source]

M'baye takes the most difficult legal cases. She represented clients accused of apostasy. She also worked for a “committee of widows” whose husbands were murdered. M'baye helped write the 2007 anti-slavery law. She got convictions for child exploitation and slavery. She was in prison many times, and received many threats to her life.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Online-Büro, Stadt Nürnberg/. "Fatimata M'Baye - Human Rights Office of the City of Nuremberg".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Biographies of 2016 Award Winners".

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