Senegal has made inadequate progress in protecting thousands of young boys in Quranic boarding schools from exploitation and often extreme physical abuse at the hands of their teachers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The National Assembly should make it a priority to pass draft legislation aimed at improving living conditions and ending forced begging in these schools, and the government should swiftly enforce it.

More than a dozen talibé boys between the ages of 6 and 14 were found shackled with iron bars in their Quranic school in Diourbel, Senegal, in February 2016. The boys were brought to the police station, where the shackles were removed.

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