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[…]

VICTORY: Mkhaitir’s Death Sentence Repealed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[…]

Blasphemy, Apostasy, Hypocrisy: Ould Mkhaitir Case

Sentenced to death for a blog post, Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir is in prison in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Read about Mkhaitir’s arrest and massive demonstrations against him because he published a blog post criticizing the caste system and discrimination against lower castes in Mauritania. Read about the intimidation of Mkhaitir’s lawyers, and how several were[…]