Time’s 100 Most Influential: Award to Biram Dah Abeid

IRA – USA is very honored to announce that Biram Dah Abeid is among Time Magazine’s “100 most influential” people in the world today. Anti-Slavery International’s president, Aidan McQuade, writes that Biram “is an inspiration to thousands who continue to resist slavery in Mauritania and beyond.” IRA – USA was established at the request of[…]

Imprisoned IRA Members as of July 14th

The current list of IRA members arrested subsequent to June 29th is: 1-Diop Amamadou Tdjane 2-Balla Touré 3-Hamady lehbouss 4-Ahmed Amarvall 5- Khattry M’Bareck 6-Mohamed Daty 7-Jemal Bléyile 8-Ousmane Anne 9-Ousmane Lô 10-Abdallahi Matallah Seck 11-Moussa Biram 12-Mohamed Zarouhoullah 13- Abdallahi Abou Diop 14 Ahmed Hamdy

Diop Speaks from Prison: Police Beat Many Of Us

Amadou Tidjane Diop spoke with IRA USA today from his prison cell in Dar Na-im prison, Nouakchott. Dar Na-im is the general prison for violent offenders. He reports that he was not beaten, but many among the IRA prisoners suffered immensely from repeated beatings by the police. The IRA prisoners were brought to court in[…]

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[…]

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 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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

European Parliament Issues Resolution Condemning the Imprisonment of Biram and fellow Anti-Alavery Activists

The European Parliament  issued the following resolution demanding the liberation of Biram Dah Abeid and his colleagues. The European counter-parts to IRA- Mauritanie along with UNPO and other non-profits worked together to generate this declaration.  You can listen to the members of the EU parliament speak on this urgent resolution here (in French). Plenary sitting 16.12.2014[…]