Mass Arrests in Nouakchott

Here is a sub-divided list of people arrested since the unrest at Gazra Bouamatou (that incident was linked to the evictions of squatters from their homesteads. Such evictions happen because someone else (normally an Arab-Berber businessman) gains title to the land and then plans to develop it, so evicts the squatters). These arrests are retribution[…]

URGENT: Awards in WashDC and Mass Arrests in Nouakchott

URGENT Press Announcement Washington DC July 1, 2016 update on July 3rd: If you would like to support IRA please consider donating via paypal. Donations to IRA -USA are tax deductible. Biram Dah Abeid received the Hero Award from United States Secretary of State John Kerry on June 30th at the U.S. State Department in[…]

Success through Working Together

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[…]

Caravan Against Agrarian Slavery

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[…]

IRA-USA Wins Funding for Consortium with AFCF and AMDH

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[…]

Slavery Opponents’ Final Appeal

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[…]

IRA Wins Tulip Human Rights Prize

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[…]

Congratulations Maitre M’Baye, Woman of Courage

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[…]

Leila Alaoui in Memoriam

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[…]

Free Biram and Brahim: One Year in Jail

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[…]

Freedom Now for blogger Ould Mkhaitir

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[…]