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Yearbook 2001

Mauritius. According to Countryaah, the Financial Stability Forum, a body set up by the world's rich countries to combat black money laundering, pointed out Mauritania in May as one of the states that has shown the least willingness to cooperate to address the problems. The Mauritanian government promised new rules such as would provide greater transparency to companies and banks from 2005.

2001 Mauritius

Former Chagos Archipelago residents demonstrated in November outside the British Embassy in Port Louis to put pressure behind their claims for UK compensation and the right to return home. The British evacuated the islands in 1965-73 for the United States to build a military base on the island of Diego Garcia. In 2000, a British court ruled that the evacuation was in violation of the law. Almost 8,000 people originating from the islands are located in Mauritania, where they live in the poorest areas.

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