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 in Mauritania, Europe, Canada and elsewhere. Organizations such as Anti-Slavery International, the Unrepresented Peoples Organization (UNPO), Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Freedom House, Freedom Now, Walk Free, and Avaaz have joined forces with us to advance anti-slavery work in Mauritania. We could not have succeeded without such broad and powerful support.
The volunteers and Board Members of IRA USA have given numerous hours of work to help free Biram and Brahim. The wide network of supporters generated by Walk Free and Avaaz created massive pressure for the freeing of Biram and Brahim. The U.S. government, especially the U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania, Larry Andre, has been an ally in this cause.
Our work to support the anti-slavery cause in Mauritania will continue. Right now we just want to pause and give a heartfelt thank you to all our supporters!