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Can you help free Biram again?

By Joanna Ewart-James, From Freedom United

Unbelievably, anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid has been remanded in prison, arrested on the same day he was planning to submit his candidature for the upcoming Mauritanian elections.[1]

Add your name to help free Biram!

Biram, president of anti-slavery organization the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, was taken from his home during the early hours of Tuesday August 7, to a squalid, windowless prison cell, in a police station in Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott.

He was charged last Monday with attempted assault and threatening the use of violence. This happened just a matter of days after he returned from the US, where Biram had participated in a Congressional Briefing on the issue of slavery.[2]

Call for Biram’s unconditional release from prison.

This is not the first time that politically-motivated charges have been used against Biram and other anti-slavery activists in Mauritania, West Africa. We initially launched a campaign in November 2014 to free Biram and his colleague, who were imprisoned on false charges for their work in the anti-slavery movement.

By coming together as a community of activists and organizations taking action and calling for his release, 18 months later, Biram and his colleague were freed.

We have reopened the petition to free Biram, will you sign

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