The sixth edition of the Nouakchott International Pleading Competition for Human Rights was held on December 5th 2018 at the Nouakchott High Court.
Organized since its creation by the International Institute for Human Rights and Peace in Caen, the competition has been co-financed for two years by the Project to Support Democracy and Social Cohesion (PADCS) and the SCAC.
The Mauritanian Minister of Justice, M. Dia Moctar Malal, and the Ambassador of France, M. Robert Moulié and the President of the Bar of Mauritania, Me Cheikh Ould Hindy were present to welcome the eight candidates before their pleadings.
This year again, the competition was distinguished by its strong international character, with four french speakers and four Arabic speakers taking the stand to defend human rights. Among the French speaking candidates, a Canadian (Me Mathieu Jacques), an Algerian (Me Amirouche Bakouri), a Guinean (Me Pépé Antoine Lama) and a French (Me Clémence Cottineau) made the trip to Nouakchott. Mauritania was well represented with four Arabic-speaking candidates.
Many young people, master’s students at the University of Nouakchott and students from French high schools, came to attend the competition.
The winner of the first prize (Maître Pépé Antoine Lama, Bar of Guinea) distinguished himself with a speech dedicated to Nazouo Pascal Kolie, a 17-year-old student from a farming family living in Zowota, Guinea, who was wounded during the massacre and looting of his village on the night of 3 to 4 August 2012 by Guinean defence and security forces.
The third and second prizes were won by the Mauritanian lawyer Mohamed Salem Ely Mouamar and the Algerian lawyer Amirouche Bakouri. They respectively pleaded for the case of Hawa Sira, a young Mauritanian woman stigmatized and victim of sexual violence, and the case of Ahmine Norredine, an Algerian lawyer and human rights defender prosecuted in the course of his duties.
The jury was composed of personalities from civil society, the legal and institutional world:
President: Me Mohameden Ould Ichidou, Jury: Me Béatrice Voss, Nordine Drici, Catherine-Amélie Chassin, Mélanie Belot, Me Ly Saidou, Me Mohamed Vall Ould M’Bareck, Me Aicheta Salma Mint Moustapha, Me Ahmed Salem Ould Boubacar Maloum.