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Mauritania: death penalty

The government of Mauritania strengthened ‘blasphemy’ laws, so that anyone found guilty will face the death penalty, even if they ‘repent’, it was reported in an official statement on 17 November.

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The Mauritanian Justice Minister said: ‘Every Muslim, man or woman, who mocks or insults Muhammed … is liable to face the death penalty, without being asked to repent. They will incur the death penalty even if they repent.’