Survivors of Slavery
Our organisation regularly rescues men, women and children from a life of slavery and provide them with safety and skills needed to reintegrate into society.
Yargue OULD ALIOUNE
IRA – USA is organized as a non-profit corporation in Washington DC to fight against slavery, racism, and gender oppression in Mauritania.
We are very happy that the IRA President, Biram Dah Abeid, and Vice – President Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, are finally freed from jail. The number of individuals and organizations who worked together to protest the jailing of these leading anti-slavery activists is huge. IRA USA is very proud to be counted among the IRA community[…]
On May 17, 2016 the Supreme Court of Mauritania ordered Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdane freed from prison. At 4:20 p.m. in Nouakchott Biram and Brahim left the prison, free men once again. They had been incarcerated since their arrest on November 11, 2014 while attending an anti-slavery event. The day after their release[…]
IRA is starting a new Caravan Against Agrarian Slavery. It was while participating in such a Caravan that the IRA members were arrested on November 11, 2014. Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdane are both still in jail. This new Caravan is a courageous action by IRA members who want to help those dispossessed[…]
We are proud to announce the Consortium with Association Femmes Chef de Famille (AFCF) and Association Mauritanienne des Droits de l’Homme (AMDH) has secured $100,000 funding for a Mauritanian program to train paralegals, staff legal aid clinics, run human rights seminars, and organize civil society engagement in statutory reform. Our program offers legal assistance to[…]
IRA Mauritanie has announced that the Lawyers Collective for the Defense of Biram Dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal Ramdane and Djiby Sow have filed the final appeal for unjust imprisonment. January 16, 2015, Mr. Abeid, Ramdane and Sow were sentenced to two years imprisonment and five years deprivation of basic civil rights. The men were convicted[…]
We are extremely proud to announce that IRA – Mauritanie, our partner organization in the struggle against slavery, racism and gender oppression, won the Human Rights Tulip from the Dutch government. The President of IRA, Biram Dah Abeid, is still in prison for his anti-slavery work, so Abidine Merzough accepted the award in his place. Members[…]
IRA congratulates Maitre Fatimata M’Baye, celebrated as a “Woman of Courage” in Mauritania. M’Baye is pictured here, holding the award plaque, at the U.S. embassy award ceremony with U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania, Larry Andre. Maitre M’Baye has worked throughout her career to advance human rights in Mauritania. She is president of the Association Mauritanienne des[…]
مبادرة إنبعـــاث الحــــركة الانعتـــــــاقية INITIATIVE DE RESURGENCE DU MOUVEMENT ABOLITIONNISTE EN MAURITANIE IRA – Mauritanie Communiqué de Condoléance A la mémoire de Leila ALAOUI La folie meurtrière a frappé le Burkina Faso. L’internationale salafo-terroriste s’est une fois de plus illustrée sur le continent africain par la barbarie que rien ne peut justifier, faisant plusieurs dizaines[…]
IRA USA joins in solidarity with Amnesty International’s call for action . November 11, 2014, Mauritanian police arrested a large group of anti-slavery activists outside of Rosso (in the south of Mauritania). The trial of these activists resulted in the release of many, but Biram Dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal Ramdhane and Djiby Sow each received a[…]
Free Ould Mkhaitir AI and other ngos Amnesty International has cooperated with numerous other human rights organizations to call for the release of the blogger Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir. Ould Mkhaitir was sentenced to death in January 2015 because of his calls to end the caste-based discrimination in Mauritania. Ould Mkhaitir’s family belongs[…]
Oumar Dia, Abdoulaye Aliou, Aliou Dia and Thièrno Amadou have been jailed in Dar El Barka because they refused to sign documents renouncing ownership of their ancestral lands. They were working on the land on November 7, which was recently irrigated, when heavily armed police came to arrest them. Four other peasant landowners were arrested[…]
The lawyers’ collective for the defense of Biram Dah Abeid, Djiby Sow and Brahim Bilal Ramdhane today announced in a press conference that they would appeal the recent ruling that upheld the two year prison sentence for these three men. These anti-slavery activists were sentenced for resisting public order in an anti-slavery demonstration on November[…]