#FreeBiram, o la persistencia de la esclavitud


Dear Rafa,

Mauritania has now jailed more anti-slavery activists than slave owners.

Biram Dah Abeid and two of his fellow activists have been sentenced to two years in jail for protesting against slavery in Rosso, south Mauritania.

The verdict was greeted by protests outside the courtroom and international condemnation, despite this the Mauritanian government has stood by its actions and moved the men to a remote prison making it difficult for them to see their families.

We’re outraged and disappointed. But we’re also inspired: by Biram and his fellow activists in Mauritania, and by you -- together we have achieved many milestones in this campaign that we can be proud of.

Over 130,000 people have called for the activists’ release, hundreds have helped fund an independent trial observer to help ensure a fair trial and now the issue is starting to get media attention.1 We know that the activists have had a better legal defence than would otherwise have been possible - eight other activists standing trial were released after the huge pressure that was placed on the government.

We now need to maintain global momentum behind a simple idea -- #FreeBiram.

The fight to free Biram and his fellow activists isn’t just about three men unjustly jailed; it’s about pushing Mauritania, the country with the highest rate of slavery in the world to finally abolish this horrible practice.2

It all starts with getting the message out and telling Biram’s story to the world.

Can you help spread the word by sharing this post on Facebook or by forwarding this email to your friends and family and asking them to join you in adding their name to the ‘Free Biram’ petition?

Over the coming weeks we will be back in touch with new ways we can work together to help these activists walk free -- as always, we can’t do it without you.

With determination,

Michael, Jayde, Olly and the rest of the Walk Free team

1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2go8QKwJBu8&list=PLbjBPushWGxiWhTavTValZnb-Ov1xC5L3&index=64
2 http://www.globalslaveryindex.org

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