Haratin: Biram Dah Abeid In Europe To Advocate Against Slavery
The candidature for the July 2014 presidential elections of Biram Dah Abeid, President of IRA-Mauritania (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement), does not prevent him from pursuing his struggle against slavery. Mr. Abeid is currently in Europe, conducting high-level meetings, to advocate for the abolition of this dehumanizing practice.
Below is an article written by UNPO:
On 28 January 2014, Biram Dah Abeid, President of IRA-Mauritania (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement) announced his candidature for the next presidential elections in Mauritania, scheduled for July 2014. Behind his decision to stand as an independent candidate lies a desire to achieve respect for human rights, national cohesion and positive social change in Mauritania, rather than a political ideology.
Mr. Abeid, who is still under the threat of the death penalty, has a history of strictly peaceful and non-violent activism, urging the Mauritanian authorities to enforce anti-slavery legislation in the country. He was recently awarded both the United Nations Human Rights Prize and the Front Line Defenders Award for human rights defenders at risk, in recognition of his efforts to end slavery in Mauritania.
Remaining faithful to his convictions and struggle against slavery, Mr. Abeid is currently in Europe, to advocate for the abolition of this practice. He will pay a visit to Brussels next week with the aim of conducting high-level meetings with officials and the press.
While Mr. Abeid's candidature is a source of hope for many Mauritanians, it is threatened by the risk of electoral fraud and a series of measures that the current regime might take. In 2013, the Mauritanian government did not recognize the Radicals for Global Action Party (RAG), which defends the rights of slaves and descendants of freedmen, preventing it from putting forward candidates for municipal and legislative elections. In order to encourage free and fair elections, UNPO urges the European Union to deploy an Election Observation Mission to Mauritania for the July 2014 presidential elections.