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Alkarama has learned that Mr. Adel Abdelmalek, a former gendarme, has been sentenced to eight years in prison by Algeria's military judiciary on fabricated charges according to the victim's family. 

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called on the Algerian authorities to immediately release Mr. Abderrahmane Zitout, an Algerian citizen arbitrarily detained since his arrest at his workplace on 30 March 2022 by intelligence agents. 

On  29 August 2023, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances regarding former gendarme Mr. Adel Abdelmalek, who has been in enforced disappearance since his abduction on Saturday 19th August evening from the headquarters of the National Gendarmerie in the wilaya of Tebessa by a group affiliated with the Algerian intelligence, according to his brother, journalist Anouar Malek. 

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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