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Parliamentary questions
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21 September 2018
E-004769-18
Question for written answer E-004769-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — 5th arbitrary arrest of leading Mauritanian anti-slavery activist, former presidential candidate and winner of the UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights, Biram Dah Abeid

On 7 August 2018, leading Mauritanian anti-slavery activist, former presidential candidate and winner of the UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights, Biram Dah Abeid, was arrested in Nouakchott. The arrest coincided with the anticipated approval and publication by the ‘Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante’ (CENI) of the electoral lists for local and national elections, publication of which was postponed to the following day.

Abdallahi Houssein Messoud, an anti-slavery activist in the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), was also arrested.

Dah Abeid and Messoud remain in prison to this date. A first hearing before an investigating judge was only held on 19 September 2018, at the South Tribunal of Nouakchott.

Given that this constitutes the 5th arbitrary arrest of Biram Dah Abeid and that this Parliament has repeatedly questioned(1) the Commission on its actions in this regard, and considering the latest answer(2) provided by the VP/HR regarding reported human rights abuses;

1. Has the VP/HR raised the cases of Biram Dah Abeid and Abdallahi Houssein Messoud with the Mauritanian authorities?

2. What were the key findings of the recent fact-finding mission in Mauritania?

3. What concrete actions will the VP/HR take, considering the EU agreement with Mauritania(3) and the repeated crackdowns on human rights activists, to ensure a democratic transition in accordance with all human rights standards, in particular as regards freedom of expression and opinion and freedom of participation in elections?

(1)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=WQ&reference=E-2012-004592&language=EN
(2)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2018-000868&language=EN
(3)https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/20150422_fr.pdf

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