Cases in Mauritania

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biram Dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal, Ramdane, and Djiby Sow are anti-slavery activists imprisoned in November 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison for informing Mauritanian citizens of their human rights. They were released in May 2016.

 

Thirteen IRA-Mauritania activists were arrested in June 2016 after staging a protest against the government’s forced relocation of hundreds of citizens. They were initially sentenced to terms ranging from three to 15 years in prison. By July 2018, all the activists had been released from prison.

 

Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is an engineer arrested in January 2014 and sentenced to death for a blog post he wrote condemning religious justifications for caste discrimination. His sentence was overturned in November 2017, but he spent nearly two more years in “administrative detention” before he was re-located to France in July 2019.

Selected documents from Cases in Mauritania's case
Death Penalty Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Accused of Insulting IslamDecember 19, 2016

Newsweek reports on Mr. Mkhaitir's current status as he awaits a decision on his final appeal

Freedom Now Asks Special Rapporteur to Inquire About Health of Biram Dah AbeidNovember 3, 2015

Freedom Now statement on inquiry to UN Special Rapporteur on Health

Letter to President Mohamed Ould Abdel AzizNovember 11, 2016

Freedom Now joins three organizations in asking President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to secure the release of blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir.

Letter to the ACHPR's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of ExpressionAugust 26, 2016

Letter from Freedom Now to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression regarding Mr. Mkhaitir

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of IRA-MauritaniaDecember 18, 2015

Petition submitted to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Biram Dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal Ramdane, and Djiby Sow

President Aziz Must Ensure Prompt Release and Safety of Blogger Mohammed MkhaitirDecember 6, 2017

Freedom Now joined 6 organizations in calling on President Aziz to ensure the prompt release and safety of blogger Mohammed Mkhaitir.

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 36/2016October 28, 2016

Decision by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finding the imprisonment of Biram Dah Abeid and Bilal Ramdane violated international law.

UNWGAD Opinion 35/2017June 23, 2017

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finds the Government of Mauritania in violation of international law for the detention of Mr. Mkhaitir.

UNWGAD Opinion 90-2017December 21, 2017

An opinion by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finding that the IRA activists are arbitrarily detained in violation of international law.

UNWGAD Petition on behalf of IRA ActivistsNovember 13, 2016

Freedom Now submitted a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the imprisoned IRA activists.

UNWGAD Petition on Behalf of Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould MkhaitirMay 26, 2016

Submitted by Freedom Now and Dechert on behalf of Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir

Urgent Appeal to UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and LawyersNovember 28, 2016

An urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on behalf of Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir

Urgent Appeal to UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and LawyersNovember 9, 2018

An urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on behalf of Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir

US Senate Letter to President AzizJune 4, 2018

A letter from four U.S. Senators to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz expressing their concern about the continued detention of blogger Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir.