... last year Mauritanian human rights leaders were sentenced to 13 months in prison for giving interviews about slavery. People who supported them were sent into internal exile. Anti-slavery organizations are effectively banned. Newspapers are forbidden even to report the existence of slavery. The Mauritanian President has declared anyone who speaks out against slavery to be an enemy of the state.
Five prisoners of conscience were sentenced to terms of imprisonment and at least five others had their movement restricted. Three other prisoners of conscience were put under house arrest. One prisoner of conscience was tried and acquitted. One person was sentenced to death.
Eight anti-slavery activists under house arrest in Mauritania.
Four human rights defenders Cheikh Saad Bou Kamara, Brahim Ould Ebety, Boubacar Ould Messaoud and Fatimata Mbaye on trial.
Lawyer-to-Lawyer Network has an article on the Cheikh Saad Bou Kamara, Brahim Ould Ebety, Boubacar Ould Messaoud and Fatimata Mbaye case and lists the addresses of Mauritania's President, US ambassador and ministers for your letters.