11 November marked the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of Mauritania’s leading anti-slavery activist, Biram Dah Abeid. He was imprisoned for standing up against slavery in Mauritania, the country with the highest prevalence of slavery in the world.
It is not an anniversary he hoped to see, but we haven’t given up hope that we can secure his release. And we need your help to do so.
As a European citizen there is something you can do. Through its agreements with Mauritania, the European Union has significant influence over the Mauritanian government. And it’s up to us as European Citizens to urge them to use this influence to release Biram and call on Mauritania to enforce its anti-slavery laws.
It’s time for us as EU citizens to get tough. Our countries give financial support to Mauritania. But it is conditional on human rights being upheld. Mauritania, through its consistent failure to tackle slavery has not upheld those conditions of maintaining human rights.
Over 56 MEPs have signed a letter calling for the European Union to do more. The UNPO and Walk Free are taking that letter and your names to a hearing on human rights in Mauritania on 1 December in Brussels. Join us and send a strong message to the European Union that ending slavery must come first.