Press release May 16, 2016
Mauritania Frees Two Anti-Slavery Campaigners
Mauritania’s Supreme Court released two renown anti-slavery activists from prison on May 17.
Following the May 17 decision by Mauritania’s Supreme Court to release from prison the president and vice president of IRA-Mauritania, a prominent anti-slavery organization, Freedom House issued the following statement:
"Freedom House welcomes the release from prison of anti-slavery activists Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal," said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. "Civil society plays a crucial role in eradicating slavery in Mauritania, a role the government of Mauritania should recognize by releasing all other activists imprisoned for advancing the cause of equal rights.”