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On Thursday, 4 April 2024, Algerian authorities released Mr. Abderrahmane Zitout after serving the two-year prison sentence he was condemned to following an unfair trial. 

Alkarama and the International Association for the Protection of Human Rights (LIPDH) have informed the UN Human Rights Committee that Ahmed Khalil Mahmoud BRAIH - known as Ahmed BRAIH -, victim of enforced disappearance, has been detained in Blida prison in Algiers under another name assigned by the authorities for, according to his family, concealing his detention. 

On March 12, 2024, Alkarama urgently addressed the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to inform her of the abuses inflicted upon former military officer Benhalima MOHAMED AZZOUZ by members of the security services in Blida military prison (50 km south of Algiers), where he is currently held in isolation. 

Our concerns
  • Serious and persistent violations of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and use of force against demonstrators;
  • Serious and persistent violations of the right to freedom of expression through systematic arrests of individuals critical of the government, including political opponents, human rights defenders and other peaceful activists;
  • Use of torture and ill-treatment against prisoners of opinion in detention, and denial of medical care;
  • Absence of independence of the judiciary.



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