In the history of humanity, the slave trade and slavery were by far the worst atrocities committed by man over man. No moral, economic or religious reasons can justify such a negation of the humanity and dignity of black men. The struggles for the abolition of slavery were harsh, bitter and lengthy. But humanity have made a big step forward in writing it in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Despite the fact that it was only in 1948 that this principle is contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, however, it has always guided the actions of humanity when it came to abolish the black slavery in America, when it came to stop Nazism in Europe, when it came to put an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa, and when it came to end colonization in Africa.
The fight against racial, ethnic and gender discrimination, and those related to sexual orientation, are always struggles of our time. These struggles must be conducted within the framework of equality of all citizens under the rule of law. However, it is totally unacceptable and intolerable in our times that there are still states where slavery is systematic and institutionalized.
This is the case in Mauritania where in front of the state and laws, there are normal citizens and inferior citizens whose fate comes down to servitude. Faced with this insolent reality in Mauritania, courageous isolated actors are peacefully fighting for the abolition of slavery. Among them, there are "Biram Dah Ould Abeid" and his companions who were arrested in November 2014 in Mauritania while they were conducting an awareness campaign for the abolition of slavery. And since Thursday, August 20th 2015, they were sentenced to 2 years in prison for defending humanity and the dignity of the black men in Mauritania. Today, they are in a cell, it is up to us to finish the job.
Their fate and that of all the enslaved communities in Mauritania will depend on our ability to convince the Mauritanian authorities that, not only the dignity of the black men is to be preserve, but also, actually, all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights
WE THE FREE PEOPLES OF AFRICA AND THE WORLD,
*Stating our commitment to preserving the dignity of the black men;
*Denouncing all forms of alienation of humanity;
*Reaffirming our commitment to the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights";
By this Petition:
Act 1: We demand the release of Biram Dah Ould Abeid and all those who are arrested in Mauritania fighting peacefully against slavery;
Act 2: We demand the end of slavery in Mauritania;
Act 3: We demand the suspension of Mauritania from the African Union until acts 1 and 2 are effective; and
Act 4: We mandate the Pan African institution, the African Union, to take all necessary measures to ensure that acts 1 and 2 of this Petition are effective immediately.
The Free Biram and End Slavery in Mauritania petition to Humanity was written by Mamadou Oury Diallo and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.