Police officers and protesters confront each other during a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of protests that ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Algiers, Algeria February 22, 2020. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Algeria: Criminalisation of Fundamental Freedoms Requires Urgent Response

In Arab Countries, International Advocacy Program by CIHRS

In response to the Algerian government’s crackdown on opposition and independent forces in the country, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, in cooperation with 81 Algerian, regional and international human rights organisations, sent a letter to the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling for urgent action on Algeria at the upcoming 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The signatory organisations urged member states to adopt a demand to promptly open independent, impartial and effective investigations into allegations of torture and other ill-treatment perpetrated by the Algerian authorities against citizens peacefully expressing their opinions or demonstrating.

The letter also called on the United Nations to take a more assertive public stance to protect Algerians and their rights to peaceful expression, association and assembly. Attached to the letter is a briefing containing more information on the developments in Algeria’s human rights situation between March and May 2021.

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