Mauritania: IRA anti-slavery activists

The Initiative for the Initiative pour la Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste en Mauritanie – IRA (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania -IRA) is a group of Mauritanian activists whose aim it is to act against slavery, which has been a criminal offence in Mauritania since the law of 8 August 2007.

Summary of the situation


On 13 December 2010, a confrontation between police and six IRA activists (Biram ould Dah ould Abeid, Ali ould Boubarak Fall, Sheikh ould Abidin ould Salem, Mouloud ould Boubi, Balla Touré and Dah ould Boushab) started outside the police station of Arafat (in Nouakchott district). According to Mauritanian authorities, the IRA activists attacked police officers.

On 6 January 2011, three IRA militants, including Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, president of IRA, were sentenced to one year in prison, six months of which with no remission by criminal court of Nouakchott. They were found guilty of ײassaulting police officers, illegal demonstration as well as running an unregistered associationײ. They were also been sentenced to pay all damages caused to the police officers of the police station of Arafat.

 

Chronology of the facts


13 December 2010 : a confrontation between police and six IRA activists (Biram ould Dah ould Abeid, Ali ould Boubarak Fall, Sheikh ould Abidin ould Salem, Mouloud ould Boubi, Balla Touré and Dah ould Boushab) started outside the police station of Arafat (in Nouakchott district).

6 January 2011: three IRA activists, including Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, President of IRA, sentenced to one year in prison, six months of which with no remission by criminal court of Nouakchott. They were found guilty of ײassaulting police officers, illegal demonstration as well as running an unregistered association” and sentenced to pay all damages caused to the police officers. Three other IRA militants, including Balla Touré, IRA Executive secretary, were given six-month suspended prison sentences.


15 February 2011: Following a presidential pardon, on the occasion of the l’Aïd el-Maouloud (The Prophet's Birthday), commutation of sentence for:

o    Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, president of the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania (IRA) and chef of the mission with SOS-Esclaves organisation.o    Dah Ould Boushab
o    Mouloud Ould Boubi
o    Ali Ould Boubarak Fall
o    Sheikh Ould Abidin ould Salem
o    Bala Touré
 



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