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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.

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.

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the reported attacks on Mauritanian anti-slavery activists on November 11 and the recent arrests of nine anti-slavery activists, including Biram Dah Abeid, president of anti-slavery organization Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania (IRA).

Freedom House félicite Mr. Biram Dah Abeid, président et fondateur de l’organisation de droits de l’homme IRA-Mauritanie (Initiative pour la Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste), d’avoir remporté le Prix des Droits de l'Homme des Nations Unies 2013. Cette récompense prestigieuse est décernée tous les cinq ans à des individus exceptionnels qui luttent pour la promotion et la protection des droits de l’homme. Mr. Biram Dah Abeid partage l’honneur d’avoir reçu ce prix avec des personnalités remarquables, parmi lesquelles René Cassin, Taha Hussein, Benazir Bhutto, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr., et Nelson Mandela.

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