- 24 May 2016
- [International Secretariat]
- Region: ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA
In response to today’s Supreme Court ruling in Mauritania releasing two anti-slavery activists, Alioune Tine, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Director said:
“The release of two anti-slavery activists, Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid and Brahim Bilal, who spent 20 months in jail is an enormous relief and welcome news for everyone who has been campaigning for this outcome.”
“This ruling should now provide an opportunity for the Mauritanian authorities to stop its crackdown on human rights defenders and release other prisoners of conscience, such as blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir, who have been detained only for peacefully expressing their opinions.”
Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid is the President of the anti-slavery NGO Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), and was the runner-up in the last presidential elections.
He was sentenced on 15 January 2015 for two years of imprisonment along with Brahim Bilal and Djiby Sow for accused of membership in an unrecognized organization, taking part in an unauthorized assembly, failing to comply with police orders and resisting arrest.
The Supreme Court requalified the facts to constitute an offense punishable by only one year of imprisonment and on that basis held that the activists should be released.
17 May 2016
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
- 18 Aug 2019
CHARGES AGAINST MAURITANIAN BLOGGERS DROPPED [Suspended]
- 31 Jan 2019
MAURITANIAN ANTI-SLAVERY ACTIVISTS RELEASED [Suspended]
- 29 Nov 2016 [International Secretariat]
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA: 10 anti-slavery activists released
- 28 Aug 2015 [International Secretariat]
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA: Anti-slavery activist’s harsh sentence upheld on appeal
- 20 Nov 2014 [International Secretariat]
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA: Mauritania must end clamp down on anti-slavery activists