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Recognition of religion or belief in Mauritania

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania are classified terminal.

Recognition of religion or belief in Mauritania


  • Sunni Islam is the state denomination.

  • There exists no recognition system in the country; essentially, there is no opportunity for any non-Muslim groups to exist either by existential recognition or legal registration.

  • Conversions laws here are some of the strictest in the world with the death penalty in the legislation for this offence (although this remains a dormant law).

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Complete dismantlement of the current system is the necessary precursor to attaining any kind of semblance of religious freedom.

  • Repeal laws criminalising conversion from Islam and proselytism by non-Muslims, as well as terminally restrictive laws that abuse citizenship.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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