New BLASPHEMY Law in Mauritania

Our campaign on behalf of Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir finally succeeded. He had been sentenced to death for a blog post that was denounced as blasphemous. This already was a horrible situation, because the point of his blog post was to protest the use of Islam as the basis for caste-based discrimination. Mkhaitir comes[…]

Letter from Prison

“Mauritanie : « Je paie au prix de ma liberté la lutte pacifique contre l’esclavage » Le militant Moussa Biram écrit une lettre d’une prison du désert mauritanien où il est en détention depuis cinq cents jours avec Abdallahi Mattalah. Par Moussa Biram LE MONDE Le 13.11.2017 à 15h43″ Link to the full article here: http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2017/11/13/mauritanie-je-paie-au-prix-de-ma-liberte-la-lutte-pacifique-contre-l-esclavage_5214175_3212.html

VICTORY: Mkhaitir’s Death Sentence Repealed

Mohammed Mkhaitir’s appeal of his death sentence for blasphemy was successful! The Court of Appeals has reduced his penalty to two years imprisonment. Mkhaitir has been in prison since January 2014, so he should be released for time served. Here is the press report from Mauritania: Mauritanie : 2 ans de prison pour le blogueur[…]

Blasphemy Death Sentence Appealed

On November 8, 2017 Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir again appealed his death sentence. In January 2014 Mkhaitir was sentenced to death for blasphemy because he wrote a short blog protesting the use of religion as a rationale for racist caste-based discrimination. Since then, imams have led huge street protests calling for Mkhaitir’s death. Our campaign for[…]

Forced to Leave Mauritania: Two French Human Rights Researchers

Two French human rights researchers — a journalist and a human rights advocate — were expelled from Mauritania on May 2, 2017. Marie Foray and Tiphanie Gosse had been invited to Mauritania by the Association Mauritanienne pour les Droits de l’Homme (AMDH). Fatimata M’Baye, the President of AMDH, expressed her surprise and embarrassment regarding the[…]

Time’s 100 Most Influential: Award to Biram Dah Abeid

IRA – USA is very honored to announce that Biram Dah Abeid is among Time Magazine’s “100 most influential” people in the world today. Anti-Slavery International’s president, Aidan McQuade, writes that Biram “is an inspiration to thousands who continue to resist slavery in Mauritania and beyond.” IRA – USA was established at the request of[…]

Imprisoned IRA Members as of July 14th

The current list of IRA members arrested subsequent to June 29th is: 1-Diop Amamadou Tdjane 2-Balla Touré 3-Hamady lehbouss 4-Ahmed Amarvall 5- Khattry M’Bareck 6-Mohamed Daty 7-Jemal Bléyile 8-Ousmane Anne 9-Ousmane Lô 10-Abdallahi Matallah Seck 11-Moussa Biram 12-Mohamed Zarouhoullah 13- Abdallahi Abou Diop 14 Ahmed Hamdy

Diop Speaks from Prison: Police Beat Many Of Us

Amadou Tidjane Diop spoke with IRA USA today from his prison cell in Dar Na-im prison, Nouakchott. Dar Na-im is the general prison for violent offenders. He reports that he was not beaten, but many among the IRA prisoners suffered immensely from repeated beatings by the police. The IRA prisoners were brought to court in[…]

More Arrests: Update Saturday 9th July 2016

Notice received this morning from Nouakchott: Je vous informe que la police ils ont arrêté hier,Mohamed Daty et aujourd’hui,il sont arrêté,Ousmane Lo,Ousmane Sy,Abdellahi Diop, bien a vous  … translated: I inform you that yesterday the police arrested Mohamed Daty and that today they arrested Ousmane Lo, Ousmane Sy, and Abdellahi Diop. The report of the[…]

U.S. Senator Cardin “It is no Secret Mauritania Has one of the Worst Human Rights Records”

This is a press release from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin: United States Senate Committee on FOREIGN RELATIONS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2016 CONTACT Sean Bartlett 202-224-4651 Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524 Cardin Statement on Arrests of Anti-Slavery Activists in Mauritania WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations,[…]

UPDATED July 9th: Hospitalization of Diop and Matala

UPDATED JULY 9th: [this earlier report is not corroborated by one recent source that insists Diop has not been injured. We have not be able to confirm this recent update nor the initial report. We remain without any direct news of the IRA detained. All of the IRA members arrested are being held in secret[…]