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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Biram Dah Abeid


Detained Since: August 7, 2018.

Charges: Attempted assault and the threat of the use of violence.

Sentence: Six months already served.

Biography: Biram Dah Abeid is an anti-slavery activist and politician from Mauritania. He founded the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA-Mauritania), and was the recipient of the UN Human Rights’ Prize in December 2013 for his work on behalf of enslaved Mauritanians.

On November 11, 2014 Abeid and 16 fellow activists were arrested while taking part in protests against ongoing impunity for slave holders in the country. He was charged with membership in an unrecognized organization and taking part in an unauthorized assembly, and subsequently held without bail amid allegations of collusion between the executive and judicial branches of the Mauritanian government. Despite international calls for his release, Abeid and two of his colleagues were each sentenced to two years in prison on January 15, 2015.

Biram Dah Abeid was released in 2016, but rearrested on August 7, 2018.

After being sentenced to six months already served, Biram Dah Abeid was RELEASED on December 31, 2018.