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The Algerian authorities continue to severely restrict freedom of expression and assembly. Peaceful protestors are arrested and prosecuted, including those protesting about unemployment and public services. Those protesting in solidarity with detained activists, as well as journalists and bloggers covering protests on social media, have also been detained. The authorities continue to maintain a protest ban in Algiers under a decree from 2001.

 

More than 280 members of the minority Ahmadi religious movement were prosecuted in relation to their religious beliefs and practices during 2017. In August, authorities rearrested Mohamed Fali, head of the Ahmadi community in Algeria, in Ain Safra, Naama province, before trying him before the Ain Tedles Court of First Instance for collecting donations without a licence, “denigrating Islamic dogma”, and “membership of an unauthorized association”. By the end of the year, he faced six cases pending before different courts arising from the peaceful practice of his faith.

 

The authorities have taken no steps to open investigations and address the impunity for the human rights abuses and possible crimes against humanity committed by security forces and armed groups in the 1990s during Algeria’s internal conflict, which left an estimated 200,000 people killed or forcibly disappeared. These abuses include unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, rape, and other forms of torture.

 

From April to June, a group of 25 Syrian refugees were stranded in the buffer zone of Morocco’s desert border area with Algeria. In June, the Algerian authorities announced they would permit them to enter Algeria and would allow UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to provide them with assistance. However, the Algerian authorities later refused to let them in through an unofficial crossing point. The refugees remained stranded in the desert until Morocco granted them protection.

Between August and December, the authorities arbitrarily arrested and forcibly expelled more than 6,500 sub-Saharan African migrants to neighbouring Niger and Mali on the basis of racial profiling.

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May 18, 2016 • Press Release

Repression on the rise in Algeria as peaceful protesters face imprisonment

The Algerian authorities must end their relentless efforts to silence peaceful protesters, said Amnesty International ahead of the start of the trial tomorrow of four protesters from the southern city of Ouargla who are facing up to a year in prison for taking part in protests against unemployment in Algeria’s oil capital, Hassi Messaoud.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

May 15, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Algeria 2013

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Head of state Abdelaziz Bouteflika Head of government Abdelmalek Sellal (replaced Ahmed Ouyahia in September) The authorities continued to restrict freedoms of expression, association and assembly, dispersing demonstrations and harassing human rights defenders. Women faced discrimination in law and practice. Perpetrators of gross human rights abuses during the 1990s, and …

May 9, 2013 • Press Release

Algeria’s New Law on Associations Being Used to Stifle Civil Society

The conviction of an activist in Algeria after he distributed leaflets about unemployment in the country is a worrying sign that a new law regulating associations is being used to restrict civil society groups’ activities, Amnesty International said.

July 13, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Algeria 2011

Head of state: Abdelaziz Bouteflika Head of government: Ahmed Ouyahiya Death penalty: abolitionist in practice Population: 35.4 million Life expectancy: 72.9 years Under-5 mortality (m/f): 35/31 per 1,000 Adult literacy: 72.6 per cent Human rights defenders and others were banned from holding some meetings and demonstrations. People suspected of security-related offences were arrested and detained …

April 14, 2011 • Press Release

State Department Human Rights Reports Provide Roadmap to Reform in the Middle East

Amnesty International Media StatementFor Immediate ReleaseFriday, April 8, 2011 State Department Human Rights Reports Provide Roadmap to Reform in the Middle East, Says Amnesty International Contact: Gwen Fitzgerald, 202.509.8194, [email protected] (WASHINGTON, DC) – Following today’s release of the Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) Managing Director of Government Relations …

April 14, 2011 • Press Release

State Department Human Rights Reports Provide Roadmap to Reform in the Middle East

Amnesty International Media StatementFor Immediate ReleaseFriday, April 8, 2011 State Department Human Rights Reports Provide Roadmap to Reform in the Middle East, Says Amnesty International Contact: Gwen Fitzgerald, 202.509.8194, [email protected] (WASHINGTON, DC) – Following today’s release of the Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) Managing Director of Government Relations …