Arrest of a U.S. Citizen

Disclaimer: The information in this circular relating to the legal requirements of Mauritania is provided for general information only and may contain minor inaccuracies. Questions involving interpretation of Mauritanian law should be addressed to Mauritanian counsel.

One of the most essential tasks of the Department of State and of U.S. embassies and consulates abroad is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens incarcerated or arrested abroad.  In accordance with both international and Mauritanian law, we are committed to ensuring incarcerated and arrested U.S. citizens are afforded due process under local laws and receive treatment consistent with internationally recognized standards of human rights.

To report the arrest or detention of a U.S. citizen in Mauritania, call:

U.S. Embassy main switchboard +222 4525-2600

Or, outside of working hours,  4525-2727

Or email us at

The Mauritanian legal system is difficult to navigate without a Mauritanian attorney. You should consider hiring an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. The U.S. Embassy can provide you with a list of attorneys in Mauritania.