Articles for Algeria

Adlène Mellah - Reda City - Amir DZ

Le 23 janvier 2019, plusieurs experts de l’ONU ont envoyé une lettre aux autorités algériennes dénonçant les mesures de représailles commises par les autorités contre plusieurs blogueurs et journalistes algériens pour avoir simplement exercé leur droit à la liberté d’expression.

Today, the Alkarama Foundation raised the current situation in Algeria with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as the concerned special procedures, after the announcement that Abdelaziz Bouteflika, currently hospitalized in Geneva, is running for a fifth presidential term.

Alkarama highlighted in particular the extent of the demonstrations that gathered several million people in the streets to say “no” to a fifth term, and to call for a radical regime change and the establishment of the rule of law.

Une manifestation de familles de victimes de disparitions forcées organisée le 30 août 2018, journée internationale des victimes de disparition forcée, a été dispersée ce matin par un large dispositif policier. La dispersion de familles de victimes de dispositions forcées a été accompagnée de violence policière et d’arrestations arbitraires contre les manifestants pacifiques qui avaient répondu à l’appel  au rassemblement de la Coordination nationale des familles de disparus (CNFD).

(Geneva, June 28, 2018) – In the context of the fourth periodic review of Algeria by the Human Rights Committee (HR Committee) to be held on July 4-5, 2018, Alkarama submitted its alternative report on June 4, 2018.

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.

In preparation for the 2018 periodic review of Algeria by the Human Rights Committee (HRC), Alkarama submitted its contribution to the committee’s List of Issues on July 24, 2017.

On 11 May 2017, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), established by the Human Rights Council (HRC), adopted a  report containing the recommendations made by United Nations Member States to Algeria during the State’s review which took place on 8 May 2017.

At its 117th session, held in Geneva from 17 October 2016 to 4 November 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HR Committee) issued its decision on the case of Mohammed Belamrania in response to the complaint filed on 9 May 2012 by Alkarama on behalf of the victim’s son, Rafik. Mohammed Belamrania, a father of ten, disappeared on 13 July 1995 after being arrested by soldiers at his home in the Wilaya of Jijel.