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Update: We are happy to confirm that Rafik Belamrania was released on February 16, 2018.

On January 18, 2018, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression (SRFRDX) following the arrest of professor and human rights defender Amine Fadha for Facebook posts in which he criticised the government and the army.

On November 15, 2017, Algerian human rights defender Rafik Belamrania was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Jijel Criminal Court for “supporting terrorism”. He was sentenced to a further three years' deprivation of his civil and political rights, which entails that, among other things, he cannot be a member of any association nor take part in human rights activism.

Algeria
Alkarama Person of contact for country
Radidja Nemar, Email : r.nemar - at - alkarama -dot- org , Twitter : @RadidjaN
Our concerns
  • Denial of the right to truth and justice of families of the disappeared, and continuous refusal to implement the decisions of the Treaty Bodies and to cooperate with the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances;

  • Undue restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and ongoing ban on demonstrations in Algiers;

  • Repression and reprisals in the form of judicial harassment and unfair trials of human rights defenders, journalists and anyone critical of the authorities.

Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
ICCPR Ratified ?
ICCPR Ratification Date
Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
Date of Ratification of ICCPR Optional protocol 1
Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR (abolition of death penalty) ratified ?
Date last Concluding Observations by Human Rights Committee
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
UNCAT Ratified ?
UNCAT Ratification Date
OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
UNCAT Art 22 (Individual Complaint procedure) Ratified ?
Date of last Concluding Observations by Committee against Torture (CAT)
Next CAT State Report Due
OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
ICPPED Ratified ?
Human Rights Council
Date last Universal Period Review (UPR)
UPR Next Review
Membership of Human Rights Council:
  • 2006-2007 / 2016
National Human Rights Institution
Accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)
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