Islamic Republic of Mauritania: Anti-Slavery Activist Arrested
Why does Mauritania continually drag its feet about eradicating slavery, and persecute anti-slavery activists? Because slavery is sanctioned in Islam. (Qur'an 33:50)
Anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid, a candidate in the upcoming Mauritanian elections, was arrested early Tuesday morning at his home in Nouakchott. Freedom United supporters will recognize Biram from taking action on our campaign, which garnered 370,891 signatures asking the Mauritanian government to free him after he was imprisoned for speaking out against modern slavery.