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VICTORY: Mkhaitir’s Death Sentence Repealed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[…]