Mamadou Seye


At a Glance

Mamadou’s father, Papa Seye, was last seen on June 28, 1990, in Mauritania. Two weeks before his disappearance, he had been arbitrarily arrested by the police while on a work assignment in Aleg, where he remained in a cell for a few days without being charged with any crime. In the 1980 and 90s, this was unfortunately a common occurrence as Black Mauritanians were subjected to a violent crackdown and mass deportations.

To this day, Papa Seye’s family is unaware of the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, and neither his whereabouts nor his fate have been confirmed. For almost 30 years, Mamadou has been leading efforts to uncover what happened to his father. With CCIJ’s help, Mamadou filed a communication to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in October 2013, and to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in April 2015. The communication to the African Commission argued that the government of Mauritania had violated several rights of Papa Seye and his family. We asked the Commission to declare that Mauritania violated those rights, to call on Mauritania to properly investigate Papa Seye’s whereabouts, and to compensate the Seye family accordingly.

Photographer: Aljosa Alijagic.

His Quest for Justice

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