Campaigners voice concern over imprisonment of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid on eve of legislative elections

A prominent Mauritanian anti-slavery activist has been taken into custody before legislative elections next month in what rights groups fear is a politically-motivated move to silence opposition.

Biram Dah Abeid, who heads Mauritania’s Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, was arrested early on Tuesday morning at his home in the capital, Nouakchott, and imprisoned in the southern part of the city.

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