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[…]

Suffering in Prison: President of Kawtal Kidney Failure

Djiby Sow, president of Kawtal and the chief organizer of the Anti-Slavery Caravan in October and November 2014, is suffering from kidney disease while in prison in Nouakchott. Mr. Sow was arrested on November 11, 2014, while leading the anti-slavery Caravan in the out-lying districts of Rosso, Mauritania. He was the only non-IRA member arrested.[…]

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[…]

Woman and Five Children Enslaved in Guidimagha

IRA – Mauritanie has reported the enslavement of a mother with five young children. The woman, whose name is Kemmacha, lives in Ould Ramy, which is administered from Wembou (75 kilometers north of Seulibaby in the south-east of the Mauritania). As the government has only once prosecuted a slave owner, IRA video taped an interview[…]