Front Line Defenders
JUSTICE FOR MOUSSA AND ABDELLAHI
For over a year, Mauritanian anti-slavery activists Moussa Bilal Biram and Abdellahi Matalla Saleck have been held in a Saharan desert prison in Bir Moghrein. The prison, more commonly used to house death row inmates, is in an unsafe remote region of the country, 1,200km away from the capital city of Nouakchott where they live. Whilst in detention, Moussa and Abdellahi have reportedly been tortured and have injuries consistent with being bound in painful positions for hours at a time.
Why are Moussa and Abdellahi suffering in a remote prison with no realistic possibility of visits by their lawyers or loved ones? Simply for speaking out against slavery.
Front Line Defenders welcomes the release of the human rights defenders known as the Istanbul 10, pending their trial hearing which is scheduled to occur on 22 November 2017. It now calls on the Turkish authorities for their full acquittal along with the release and acquittal of Amnesty International Turkey section Chair Taner Kılıç.