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[…]

Maison des esclaves in-depth description with budget

Main Concept “La Maison d’Acceuil” provides refuge and empowerment for victims of grave human rights abuses. This project works to alleviate very severe abuses of human rights in Mauritania. There is an urgent need in Mauritania for services for slaves who have fled or who would like to flee their masters. We therefore propose services[…]

FAQs: Slavery in Mauritania

FAQs One: Why focus on Mauritania? Answer: Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery and there was NO law providing for the PUNISHMENT of slave-owning before 2007. Even after the 2007 law, no slave owner has been punished as prescribed by this law. According to the Global Slavery Index, by Walk[…]

Maison Des Esclaves / House of Hope / House of Refuge

  The Maison des Esclaves / House of Hope video   Please Note: due to political conditions in Mauritania, notably the arrest of anti-slavery activists & heavy prison sentences meted out, Our Maison des Esclaves is now on hold indefinitely. Our Maison des esclaves – House of Hope – House of Refuge project was conceived[…]

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[…]

Mauritanian Women Trafficked and Enslaved in Saudi Arabia

Reports of up to 500 Mauritanian women trafficked to Saudi Arabia have recently emerged in the Mauritanian press. Many of these women have been reduced to slavery. Aminetou Moctar, president of Women Heads of Family (Association Femmes Chef de Famille or AFCF), published an alert in early August, noting that Mauritanian officials had worked with[…]

Law Threatens Mauritanian Anti-Slavery Activists

Continuing its crackdown of civil rights and freedoms, the Mauritanian government has proposed a law to further restrict the Mauritanian human rights organizations. The proposed law will impose a stringent review to determine whether organizations are “anti-government”.  Those organizations or proposed organizations that do not pass this review will be denied any right to exist[…]

Suffering in Prison: President of Kawtal Kidney Failure

Djiby Sow, president of Kawtal and the chief organizer of the Anti-Slavery Caravan in October and November 2014, is suffering from kidney disease while in prison in Nouakchott. Mr. Sow was arrested on November 11, 2014, while leading the anti-slavery Caravan in the out-lying districts of Rosso, Mauritania. He was the only non-IRA member arrested.[…]

17 Arrested in Thiambene

We have received multiple reports of seventeen arrests in a town near Rosso, Mauritania. Fourteen women and three men have been jailed because they asserted their property rights over land seized during the 1989 ethnic cleansing.  These women and men were forced out of Mauritania during the violence of 1989. Repatriated to Mauritania in a[…]