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VICTORY: Mkhaitir’s Death Sentence Repealed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[…]

Campaign for Release from Prison: Moussa Bilal Biram and Abdellahi Matalla Saleck

A coalition of human rights organizations is pressuring the Mauritanian government to release human rights defenders held in prison. For over a year, Mauritanian anti-slavery activists Moussa Bilal Biram and Abdellahi Matalla Saleck have been held in a Saharan desert prison in Bir Moghrein. The prison, more commonly used to house terrorists, is in an[…]

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[…]