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Algeria Human Rights

Human Rights Concerns

  • The state of emergency: it should be ended completely and unequivocally
  • Impunity
  • Torture
  • Women's Rights

A state of emergency has existed in Algeria since February 1992. The government of Algeria has thus suspended basic human rights for almost 20 years, giving itself an open mandate to stifle freedom of association, assembly, and self-expression as well as to arrest and detain people without charge or trial.

From 1991 up through 1999, the Algerian people suffered throughout a protracted civil war. Many rebel groups disbanded and laid down their arms when the government offered amnesty in 1999. Since that time, no full, independent or impartial investigations have ever been carried out into the gross human rights abuses committed during this conflict (by government forces as well as rebel forces), including thousands of cases of civilians killed in targeted or indiscriminate attacks, extra judicial executions, torture, ill-treatment and "disappearances." Members of armed groups who surrendered to the authorities have continued to benefit from clemency or exemption from prosecution.

Algeria amended its penal code in 2004 to make torture an explicit crime, carrying severe penalties. However, the authorities have not generally investigated torture allegations. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on torture reported that the Algerian authorities had denied without investigation all allegations of torture submitted to them.

Women have continued to be subjected to considerable discrimination in law and practice. The Algerian Family Code, enacted in 1984, imposed many serious limitations on women's rights, including the right to equality before the law and the right of self-determination; in response, women's organizations have reinforced their campaigning activities for women's legal equality. These activities have been severely restricted due to the state of emergency. Meanwhile, authorities have not acted with due diligence to prevent, punish, and redress acts of sexual violence against women or domestic violence against women.

Algeria Newsroom



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 …