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

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

President Aziz Hounded from Aleg by IRA Human Rights Defenders

Reported by Diko from France: (we will try to post an English language version of these events shortly) Le putschiste faux général Mauritanien chassé de la ville d’Aleg où sont détenus arbitrairement les abolitionnistes depuis le 15 janvier 2015 par des militants des droits de l’homme venus nombreux hués le cortège présidentiel tout long de[…]

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[…]

Working to Advance Human Rights in Mauritania: IRA – USA

IRA – USA  fights against slavery, racism, and gender oppression in Mauritania.  The founding board members include Biram Dah Abeid (honorary president of IRA – USA), Bakary Tandia, Jerry Herman, Sykam Sy, and Alice Bullard. We work directly and on a daily basis with Biram Dah Abeid’s organization, IRA – Mauritanie. Our activities include: freeing[…]

Five Arrests; Tear Gas and Clubs used against Human Rights Defenders

We have received an urgent communication from Nouakchott. Fighting and police repression have followed from an Imam’s angry sermon against IRA and Biram Dah Abeid.  The Imam, Ahmedou Ould Lemrabott Ould Habibourahman, used his Friday October 24th sermon to severely criticize Biram and IRA, denouncing them as apostates, enemies of Islam and of Muslims, and[…]

Cheikh Ould Vall, imprisoned without medical care

We have received several reports of Chekh Ould Vall’s dire medical condition. Hamady LEHBOUSS, the Conseiller du président de IRA-Mauritanie, wrote directly to IRA-USA with the report. According to Hamady as of August 15th 2014, “Cheikk Ould Vall, l’un des trois militants de IRA qui croupissent en prison à Nouakchott , est très malade..selon nos source[…]