2010 Advocate Bakary Tandia spoke at a high-level briefing at the US Congress to discuss the issue of modern-day slavery in the Sahel. The July briefing, entitled Freedom from Tradition: The Struggle for the Eradication of Slavery in the Sahel, brought together academics, human rights activists, and leaders in the anti-slavery movement.
Tandia, founder of The Abolition Institute, took a comparative look at the anti-slavery movements in Mauritania, Mali and Niger and elaborated on steps that could be taken at the respective national, regional and international level raise awareness and support.
The briefing was hosted by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, in cooperation with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
Originally from Mauritania, Tandia has been involved in the anti-slavery movement for many years. Tandia has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. He works as a Case Manager and Policy Advocate at African Service Committee and is a founder of The Abolition Institute, which works to end slavery in Mauritania.
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