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Mauritania : 10 anti-slavery activists released

In response to today’s Appeal Court ruling in Mauritania that acquitted and ordered the release of three anti-slavery activists, and reduced the sentence of 10 others – including seven who will now be released as they have served their sentence - Kiné Fatim Diop, Amnesty International’s West Africa Campaigner, said: “The release of three anti-slavery activists who had been unfairly sentenced to up to 15 years for peacefully expressing their opinions is a huge relief for them, their families and for all those who have been campaigning for an end to the brutal crackdown on human rights defenders in Mauritania.

Date:
18 November 2016
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Racial Discrimination

Mauritania: Appeal court must quash unfair sentences and free 13 anti-slavery activists

Mauritania’s appeals court must quash jail terms of up to 15 years handed down to 13 anti-slavery activists and release them from prison immediately, Amnesty International said ahead of their hearing on Monday. “This is an open and shut case of the government trying to silence anti-slavery activists in Mauritania,” said Kiné Fatim Diop, Amnesty International’s West Africa Campaigner. “From the outset this trial has been marred by irregularities, and allegations of torture that have not been investigated.

Date:
10 November 2016
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Racial Discrimination

Mauritania: Drop all charges and release anti-slavery activists

Authorities in Mauritania must drop all charges and immediately and unconditionally release 13 anti-slavery activists arbitrarily detained in an attempt to intimidate and silence human rights defenders, Amnesty International and 16 other civil society organisations said today. The activists will appear before a court on 3 August in the capital Nouakchott accused of rebellion, use of violence, attack against public authority, armed assembly and membership of an unrecognised organization.

Date:
1 August 2016
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Demonstrations

Mauritania: New law compromises right to freedom of association

The Mauritanian Parliament must reject a draft new law currently under consideration as it restricts the right to freedom of assembly and association, Amnesty International and 20 civil society organizations said. The draft law has already been approved by the Council of Ministers without public consultation. If it is passed, it would above all confirm the very particular situation in Mauritania where State authorization is still required to establish an association.

Date:
2 June 2016
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Mauritania: Anti-slavery activists released

In response to today’s Supreme Court ruling in Mauritania releasing two anti-slavery activists, Alioune Tine, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Director said: “The release of two anti-slavery activists, Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid and Brahim Bilal, who spent 20 months in jail is an enormous relief and welcome news for everyone who has been campaigning for this outcome. ” “This ruling should now provide an opportunity for the Mauritanian authorities to stop its crackdown on human rights defenders and release other prisoners of conscience, such as blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir, who have been detained only for peacefully expressing their opinions.

Date:
17 May 2016
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Mauritania must quash the death sentence against blogger

Mauritania must quash the death sentence handed down to a blogger for apostasy and release him unconditionally, Amnesty International said today, ahead of his appeal court hearing in the south-western city of Nouadhibou tomorrow. Mohamed Mkhaïtir, 33, was sentenced to death in December 2014, after a year in pre-trial detention, for writing a blog that criticized those who use Islam to discriminate against certain groups in the society.

Date:
20 April 2016
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Mauritania must release two prisoners of conscience detained since last year

Mauritania must immediately release two anti-slavery activists imprisoned a year ago, 17 human rights organisations said today. The health of one of the activists is also deteriorating, the organisations said in a joint statement. Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramadane, respectively President and Vice President of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA-Mauritania), have been in prison since 11 November 2014.

Date:
10 November 2015
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Mauritania: Anti-slavery activist’s harsh sentence upheld on appeal

The harsh sentence upheld this evening against a prominent anti-slavery activist is a clear indication that Mauritania has no intention of letting up on its crackdown on human rights defenders, Amnesty International said today. An appeal court in the south-western town of Aleg has confirmed the two year sentence after convicting former presidential candidate Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, Brahim Bilal and Djiby Sow of membership in an unrecognized organization, taking part in an unauthorized assembly, failing to comply with police orders and resisting arrest.

Date:
20 August 2015
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Detention

Mauritania: Jailed presidential candidate and anti-slavery activists must be released

The Mauritanian authorities must release three activists - including a prominent opposition politician - jailed today for holding anti-slavery rallies, Amnesty International said.  Police used tear gas and batons to disperse the protestors in front of the court who were demonstrating against the judgment. The court in the southern town of Rosso handed down two-year sentences to three anti-slavery activists and human rights defenders, Brahim Bilal, Djiby Sow and Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, a former presidential candidate.

Date:
15 January 2015
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Mauritania must end clamp down on anti-slavery activists

The Mauritanian authorities must stop the harassment, intimidation and repression of anti-slavery activists, Amnesty International said today following the arrest of a number of high-profile campaigners.   At least nine people including Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, President of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) and runner-up in June’s Presidential election, were arrested on 11 November and are being held in different detention centres in the southern city of Rosso, without family visits.

Date:
12 November 2014
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Detention

Men, women and children tortured to confess to crimes in Mauritania

Police in Mauritania are using torture to coerce men, women and children to confess to crimes while in custody, Amnesty International said after a 10-day research mission. The delegation in Mauritania interviewed around 60 detainees, including women and children, held in three prisons in the capital, Nouakchott. "Prisoners, including men held on ordinary and terrorism-related charges, spoke to us about the torture they had faced while in police custody.

Date:
26 June 2013
  • News
  • Libya
  • Justice Systems

Mauritania: Transfer former Libyan intelligence chief to the ICC

Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief must be turned over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) without delay following his arrest in Mauritania on Saturday, Amnesty International said. Abdullah al-Senussi is wanted by the ICC in The Hague in relation to its investigation into allegations that he was responsible for crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution, committed in Libya last year.

Date:
19 March 2012
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Children

Mauritania urged to revoke anti-slavery activists’ sentencing

The authorities in Mauritania must revoke jail sentences given to four anti-slavery activists who protested against the enslavement of a 10-year old girl, Amnesty International said today. The four men, who belong to an anti-slavery NGO, were arrested on 4 August on charges of “unauthorized gathering" and “rebellion". They were yesterday given six-month suspended sentences by a Nouakchott court. “Sentencing people for simply exercising their right to peaceful protest is a travesty of justice,” said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International’s Director for Africa.

Date:
23 August 2011
  • News
  • Mauritania
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Repression of peaceful protests in Mauritania

The Mauritanian authorities have violently cracked down on two peaceful demonstrations this month. In April 2009, two demonstrations attended by political parties and members of civil society were violently repressed. The demonstrators wanted to stage a peaceful protest against the electoral timetable imposed by the authorities who took power in the wake of the military coup of August 2008.   The coup leaders overthrew the Mauritanian government, in office since the multi-party presidential elections of March 2007.

Date:
23 April 2009
  • News
  • South Korea
  • Death Penalty

Growing calls for end to executions at UN

Over one hundred countries voted overwhelmingly in favour of a second resolution on "Moratorium on the use of the death penalty" at the United Nations (UN) on Thursday. The resolution reaffirms last year's UN General Assembly call for a moratorium on executions. 106 states supported the resolution, 46 voted against and 34 states abstained.   In 2007, the vote was 104 in favour, 54 against and 29 abstained.

Date:
18 December 2008