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Moving Beyond Traditional Practices in Mauritania: Prospects for the Eradication of Slavery

Chatham House, London

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Biram Dah Abeid, Founder, Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, Mauritania
Chair: The Rt Hon. Fiona Mactaggart MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery


In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to outlaw the practice of slavery. However, human rights organizations report that slavery persists in Mauritania as the legislation is not enforced, and as many as 600,000 people of the Heratine group may still be enslaved. The problem is compounded by social and religious beliefs, as well as the government’s resistance to engage with civil society and abolitionist groups. 

Biram Dah Abeid, founder of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, discusses efforts underway to aid Mauritanians that are still subjected to slavery.

He also outlines how international partners can engage with local institutions working to eradicate the practice and improve the socio-economic conditions of former slaves.