2010 HRAP Advocate Bakary Tandia Has Joined the Campaign of One of the Leading Candidates for the Presidency of Mauritania

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

2010 Advocate Bakary Tandia has been named the National Director of Biram Dah Abeid's campaign for the presidency of Mauritania. Upon accepting the position, Tandia said: "I accept with great humility this responsibility... [I]t is about advancing... human rights laws and the rule of law for a new Mauritania where all his sons and all his daughters will be treated with respect and dignity." Tandia has worked with every HRAP cohort since 2011 on how to maximize the HRAP experience. A case manager and policy advocate at African Services Committee for many years, Tandia is also a co-founder of The Abolition Institute, which is dedicated to ending the practice of slavery in Mauritania. Biram is the founder of the Intitiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA-Mauritania). Alsongside other Mauritanian anti-slavery organizations, IRA-Mauritania has sought to break the official silence that enables slavery to persist by using nonviolent tactics: reporting and publicizing cases, assisting victims and holding sit-ins and demonstrations. He and his colleagues have been imprisoned many times for their advocacy work. He has been recognized by Frontline Defenders, the UN, and TIME magazine for his work.