Press release August 19, 2015
Mauritania: Court Upholds Imprisonment of Anti-Slavery Activitists
Today, a Mauritanian court upheld the two year prison sentence against prominent anti-slavery activists Biram dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal and Djiby Sow.
In response to a court in Mauritania upholding the two year prison sentence against Biram dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal and Djiby Sow, prominent anti-slavery activists, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“It is the height of hypocrisy for the court in Mauritania to reaffirm these sentences against anti-slavery activists the same week that the government strengthened its laws against slavery,” said Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House and former U.S. Ambassador at large to combat human trafficking and slavery. “Civil society has an essential role in dismantling the practice of slavery in Mauritania, but the court's decision shows that the government is unwilling to match words with deeds to combat these pervasive human rights abuses.”