National Coordination of Families of the Disappeared in Algeria received at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva
The police intervention was particularly violent: demonstrators were beaten with truncheons and five activists were taken to the city police station and beaten further there. The demonstrators' cameras, mobile phones and megaphones were also confiscated.
The meeting with OHCHR staff gave the CNFD representatives the opportunity to highlight the obstacles placed by the Algerian authorities in the way of efforts for the truth and justice for the families of victims of enforced disappearances in Algeria. In particular, Articles 45 and 46 of the Law of National Reconciliation are problematic. The UN experts stated that they were aware that the 2006 Charter restricts the right of families to know the truth about victims of enforced disappearances in Algeria.
At the end of the meeting, UN representatives keenly encouraged the CNFD representative to maintain permanent contact with them and continue to transmit any relevant news regarding activists working in favour of the victims of enforced disappearances and human rights in general in Algeria.