Mauritania: activists visit detained anti-slavery leader

Call for 'fair, unpoliticized' trial

25 November, 18:16

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, NOVEMBER 25 - A delegation of human rights activists met with detained members of an anti-slavery association and their leader, Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeidi, in the central Rosso prison on Tuesday. The anti-slavery activists had been arrested in recent days during an unauthorized protest. The human rights activists that visited the prison met with journalists afterwards in Nouackchott, saying that they had called for respectful treatment of the inmates in line with the law. An appeal was made during the press conference to the highest political, judicial, administrative and security authorities of the country to ensure that the anti-slavery detainees be given a fair trial and that close attention be paid to their health conditions while in prison. Slavery continues to be tolerated in Mauritania. Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeidi has been charged with holding an unauthorized gathering, disobedience, refusal to comply with administrative authorities and resisting arrest.(ANSAmed).

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