The Office in Mauritania has a broad mandate through which it can provide technical assistance to all stakeholders and conduct monitoring of human rights violations throughout the country. It has unrestricted access to places of detention. The current thematic priorities focus on non-discrimination, including slavery, the rights of women and girls with a focus on GBV, economic, social and cultural rights and the strengthening of the capacity of the internal security forces, judiciary, government officials, NHRIs and CSOs to address human rights violations.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.