Advocacy / Algeria

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UN Special Rapporteur’s visit to Algeria: a renewed opportunity for reform and release of imprisoned activists

November 25, 2023

Ahead of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders' visit to Algeria, MENA Rights Group joined a coalition of civil society organisations in calling on Algerian authorities to release all human rights defenders and activists currently detained, and to end their crackdown on fundamental rights and freedoms.

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Joint statement: truth and justice for the disappeared in Algeria

October 03, 2023

MENA Rights Group joins 30+ signatories (civil society organisations and relatives of the disappeared) in condemning the Algerian authorities' use of the Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation as a means of impunity for those disappeared during the 1990's conflict. Furthermore, we recommend the creation of a Charter for Truth, Peace and Justice.

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Universal Periodic Review: how to address the current human rights crisis in Algeria? A civil society perspective

March 28, 2023

Following the 4th cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, Algeria informed the Human Rights Council of its decision to accept 215 out of the 290 recommendations it had received. We call on Algerian authorities to implement these recommendations. We further call on Algeria to reconsider its stance on the recommendations that were merely noted, especially those pertaining to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, the prohibition of torture, counterterrorism and judiciary independence.

HRC 52: Civil society calls on Algeria to put an end to reprisals and release arbitrarily detained individuals

March 27, 2023

During the adoption of the Algeria Universal Period Review outcomes, Algerian human rights defender Kaddour Chouicha spoke directly to the Human Rights Council on behalf of MENA Rights Group, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), CIVICUS, Euromed Rights and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. He addressed the ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society organisations.

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#NotACrime: Online campaign calls on Algerian authorities to stop their assault on civic space and fundamental freedoms

May 19, 2022

#NotACrime is an online campaign aiming to draw attention to the ways in which Algerian authorities have increasingly attempted to stifle dissenting voices and independent civil society. Launched by 38 Algerian, regional and international organisations, the campaign will be conducted between 19-28 May on the organisations’ respective social media accounts.

Algeria: Spain forsakes international obligations in appalling refoulement of Algerian whistleblower

March 30, 2022

A coalition of NGOs strongly condemns the deportation by Spain of Algerian activist Mohamed Benhalima, in the evening of 24 March 2022, despite the risks of torture and serious human rights violations he faces in Algeria, and therefore in blatant violation of Spain's international obligations on non-refoulement. The authorities had been made aware, through civil society and legal appeals, that Mr Benhalima faces a high risk of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trial in Algeria, where such violations are increasingly common against prisoners of opinion and peaceful activists.

Algeria: Unprecedented repression threatens survival of independent civil society

March 08, 2022

During the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, MENA Rights Group supported a joint oral intervention, led by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, condemning the Algerian authorities’ mounting repression of peaceful opposition and independent civil society. The organisations urged the international community to support Algerian human rights defenders who are facing imprisonment on the basis of overly broad terrorism charges.

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Algeria: Escalating repression threatens the survival of independent civil society

February 22, 2022

On the third anniversary of Algeria’s pro-democracy protest movement, Hirak, the undersigned organisations express their strong concern at the dangerous intensification of Algerian authorities’ repressive tactics to silence peaceful dissent and stifle civil society. The arrests of human rights defenders Zaki Hannache and Faleh Hammoudi respectively on 18 and 19 February – the latter condemned to three years imprisonment on 20 February in the first instance – are the latest examples of these repressive tactics

Algeria: Marked regression in human rights underscored by proliferation of baseless terrorism prosecutions

December 24, 2021

A coalition of 11 NGOs  raises serious concerns over the sustained repression of fundamental freedoms and legitimate human rights work in Algeria, including the marked proliferation of prosecutions on baseless terrorism charges against human rights defenders, journalists and peaceful activists.

Algeria: Authorities must not allow another preventable death in detention

December 21, 2021

NGOs raise serious concerns for physical and psychological integrity of prisoner of conscience Abdallah Benaoum subjected to long-term judicial harassment.