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[…]

Jailed for refusing to abandon their land

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[…]

Supreme Court Appeal in Mauritania: Effort to Up-End Two Year Prison Term

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[…]

Castes, Feudalism, Slavery

IRA is dedicated to ending slavery, racism and gender oppression in Mauritania. IRA has put slavery on the front pages of Mauritanian and international news sources. IRA is dedicated to fighting slavery in every part of Mauritanian society. Black African tribes in Mauritania include the Pular (also called Fulani), the Soninke, the Wolof, and the[…]

Three Nobel Prize Nominations: Moctar, Dah Abeid, Messaoud

Three Mauritanian anti-slavery and human rights defenders have been nominated for the Nobel Prize. The nominees are Aminetou Mint Moctar, president of Femmes Chef de Famille, Biram Dah Abeid, president of IRA, and Boubacar Messaoud, president of SOS-esclaves. IRA – USA congratulates each of these nominees and hopes that the prize is awarded to a[…]

PRISON for Biram and Brahim; 2 Year Sentence Upheld in Aleg

Today, August 20th 2015, the appeals court in Aleg upheld a two year prison sentence for the president of IRA, Biram Dah Abeid, for the Vice President, Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, and for the president of Kawtal, Djiby Sow. See Al-Jazeera report on this ruling. See IRA – Mauritanie press release on the court of appeals[…]

AUGUST 20th APPEAL in ALEG: Will Biram and Brahim be Released?

August 20th, 2015 is the date set for the appeal of Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdhane. Both men were sentenced in January to two years in prison because of their peaceful anti-slavery advocacy. The appeal will be heard in Aleg, Mauritania. However, the law in Mauritania states that the appeal should be held[…]

TIER THREE AGAIN! Mauritania chastised in TIPs 2015

Mauritania fared poorly in the TIPs report (that’s the Trafficking in Persons Report) of 2015. This report issued each year by the U.S. Department of State has again classified Mauritania as a Tier 3 country.  The “Tier 3” category is reserved for those countries who are not making any substantial progress toward complying with the[…]