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Alkarama expresses its concern about the escalation of violations against journalists in the Arab world during the year 2020. According to data published by international organizations concerned with the defense of journalists, including statistics published by the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists, some 60 journalists and media field workers have been murdered in 2020. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reports that there are at least 274 journalists behind bars, the highest number recorded by the Committee since the early 1990s.

On September 4, 2020, Alkarama seized the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, following a disinformation and denigration campaign led by the official authorities through the APS (Algérie Presse Service) and ENTV (Établissement Public de Télévision, the official channel of the Algerian state). In its urgent appeal, Alkarama called on the High Commissioner to officially deny the false information according to which a complaint filed by Algerian marchers against the authorities concerning arbitrary detentions in the country would have been "rejected".

The Human Rights Committee (HRC) was seized in November 2016 by Alkarama concerning the case of Ahmed Khalil Mahmoud Braih, one of the founders and main leaders of the Polisario Front, who was kidnapped by DRS (Algeria’s Intelligent Services) agents in the centre of Algiers on the morning of 6 January 2009.

Algeria
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.

 

 

Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
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Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
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Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR (abolition of death penalty) ratified ?
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
UNCAT Art 22 (Individual Complaint procedure) Ratified ?
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OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
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Membership of Human Rights Council:
  • 2006-2007 / 2016
National Human Rights Institution
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