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In response to today’s decision by a Mauritanian court to sentence to two years imprisonment three anti-slavery activists, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense
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Sub-Saharan Africa

Freedom House issued the following statement after a a court in Nouadhibou, Mauritania issued a death sentence to Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’Kheitir for apostasy, after he publishedan article that discussed the caste system and the Prophet Mohammad.

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
On November 11, Biram and his colleagues were attacked by riot police, arrested and imprisoned, where they remain today. Your donation allows us to assist human rights defenders like Biram who are risking their lives every day.
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On November 11, 2014, Biram Dab Abeid, a prominent Mauritanian anti-slavery activist, was beaten and arrested for his participation in an anti-slavery protest and remains imprisoned today. Freedom House spoke with Biram in 2013 about his work - read the interview here.

Issues: 
Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

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Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa 2007

Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.

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