Articles / Algeria

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.

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Algeria: effort to dissolve prominent civic association

October 12, 2021

Government’s court case against RAJ threatens freedom of association.

Joint oral intervention on the deteriorating situation of human rights in Algeria

September 29, 2021

Joint oral intervention by Nada Awad of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, during a discussion on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests, held on September 29, 2021.

Crisis of Inaction on Enforced Disappearances in Africa

August 30, 2021

Research by NGO coalition shows that underreporting and political disregard are undermining victims’ fight for justice

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82 civil society organisations call on states to take action to address the Algerian authorities' alarming crackdown on pro-democracy forces during HRC 47

June 17, 2021

In response to the Algerian government’s crackdown on opposition and independent forces in the country, MENA Rights Group, 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.

There must be truth and justice for Algeria’s disappeared

March 03, 2021

The 2006 Charter on National Peace and Reconciliation continues to undermine justice in Algeria.

Algeria: The Arab Spring’s Late Bloomer?

February 09, 2021

By Inès Osman. Originally published on The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy on February 9, 2021.

Algeria: Arbitrary detention of journalist Khaled Drareni another blow to democratic transition, discrediting the Presidency’s promise of reform

September 21, 2020

The undersigned civil society groups are alarmed at the continued and escalating attacks on civic space in Algeria and call on the government to end their crackdown on journalistic and other public freedoms. Despite President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announcing his desire to break with previous repressive practices, freedom of expression especially has come under severe attack since March 2020, with several journalists facing arbitrary arrest and prosecution for conducting their work in the country.