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Campaign Update:

August 15, 2018: After a hearing at Nouakchott South Court on August 13, 2018, Biram Dah Abeid was transferred from Riadh police station to Nouakchott’s central prison for remand detention. He is charged with attempted assault and the threat of the use of violence – charges that we believe are politically motivated.

Free Mauritania’s anti-slavery activists

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Biram Dah Abeid is a leading anti-slavery activist in Mauritania, the country with the highest prevalence of slavery in the world1. The organization he founded, the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement2 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.

Campaign partners: Abolition Institute, Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement – USA, Masjid-Taqwa Chicago, Trinity United Church of Christ Chicago, UNPO

  • August 15, 2018: After a hearing at Nouakchott South Court on August 13, 2018, Biram Dah Abeid was transferred from Riadh police station to Nouakchott’s central prison for remand detention. He is charged with attempted assault and the threat of the use of violence – charges that we believe are politically motivated.

  • August 9, 2018: In the early hours of Tuesday morning, August 7, police arrested Biram at his home. We don’t have information regarding the basis of his arrest although it comes on the same day as the deadline for candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Mauritania. Whilst the basis of his arrest is not yet clear, the news is troubling in light of previous harassment Biram has experienced.

  • May 18, 2016: Biram is free! Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in favor of his second appeal and reduced the original charge to a minor offense that carried a maximum jail term of one year. Having already served 18 months imprisonment, he was released. Thank you for your support and for keeping up the pressure to end the harassment of anti-slavery activists in Mauritania.

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country with slaves cannot develop all need good conditions of life the country is not individual is a system and if something is bad the whole system will suffer, it is also dehumanizing to treat people as slave this
only fuels hater Jehovah said psalms 41:1 Blessed is he who cares for the lowly;the day of calamity Jehovah will save him

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Every free and just nation stands against slavery. We call upon the Mauritanian government to show their leadership and compassion by proclaiming freedom for all law-abiding citizens and visitors. Releasing all anti-slavery activists will show the world that Mauritania is part of the free world with a government that can be respected by all.

L. Bessom
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L. Bessom

Free Biram Dali Abeid, Anti-Slavery Activist. Slavery is a moral evil and violates the UN Declaration of Human Rights. He must be released immediately.

Sugiarto Soemario Citroatmojo
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Spirit for Free Biram Dah Abeid and all other anti-slavery activists NOW. Slavery is a crime against humanity and must be stopped!

Mick
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Mick

Free Biram Dah Abeid and all other anti-slavery activists being held on politically motivated charges. Your country can never move forward satisfactorily whilst slavery and oppression are allowed.

Molei
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Molei

To be honest Mick, I don’t think the leaders are thinking about how the country can move forward satisfactorily. It has never been their motivation to come into power. All they care about is how to fill up their pockets. So anything or anyone who gets in the way of that automatically becomes an enemy.
Coming from an african country, i have seen and witnessed these things.

Free Biram Dah Abeid

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Dear President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Justice Minister Sidi Ould Zein,

I am calling on you to immediately and unconditionally release Biram Dah Abeid.

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

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