Free Mauritania's Anti-slavery Activists

  • by: Walk Free
  • recipient: President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Justice Minister Sidi Ould Zein
Biram Dah Abeid is a leading anti-slavery activist in Mauritania, the country with the highest prevalence of slavery in the world [1]. The organisation he founded, the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement [2] has fought for the freedom of countless men, women and children.

Mauritania fully outlawed slavery in 2007 but has systematically failed to end it in practice. It has fallen to activists like Biram to fight for people's freedom and they face regular harassment and harsh treatment in their campaigning.

As you read this Biram and his fellow activists are sitting in a prison cell for their work to end slavery in Mauritania -- and we need your help to secure justice. A huge wave of international pressure now could force the Mauritanian government to prioritize ending slavery and stop the harassment of anti-slavery activists.

Please call on the Mauritanian government to free Biram Dah Abeid and his fellow anti-slavery activists.

Biram Dah Abeid is a leading anti-slavery activist in Mauritania, the country with the highest prevalence of slavery in the world [1]. The organisation he founded, the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement [2] has fought for the freedom of countless men, women and children. Mauritania fully outlawed slavery in 2007 but has systematically failed to end it in practice. It has fallen to activists like Biram to fight for people's freedom and they face regular harassment and harsh treatment in their campaigning.

SOURCES 1. http://www.globalslaveryindex.org 2. http://www.iramauritanie.org/ and http://www.ira-usa.org/
Dear President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Justice Minister Sidi Ould Zein,

I am calling on you to immediately and unconditionally release: Biram Dah Abied, Khatri Rahel, Cheikh Val, Chedad Mohamed, Mohamed Vadoua, Dr. Saad Louleyd, Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, Dah Boushad, Abidine Matalla, Samba Diagana, Hassane Mahmoud, Djiby Sow, Kawtal, Brahim Jiddou, Baba Traoré, Yacoub Inalla, Sabbar Houssein, Hanana Mboyrick and Boubacar Yatma.

I also urge you to launch a full, independent and impartial investigation into allegations of torture against Brahim Bilal Ramghane, Khattri Rahel, and Dah Boushab.

Dr. Saad Louleyd, who is diabetic, should also be given immediate access to medical care.

Mauritania must end the harassment of anti-slavery activists and take positive steps to fully abolish slavery.

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Update #15 years ago
Biram Dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal, Djiby Sow have been sentenced to two years in prison. Lawyers are appealing the conviction and a number of other anti-slavery activists have been released. We are working with the IRA Mauritanie to develop the next steps for they campaign the meantime please continue to SIGN and SHARE the petition calling for Biram and the IRA Mauritanie activists' release.
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