06/18/2018

Urgent Action: Blogger Convicted with 10 Year Prison Sentence (Algeria: UA 117.18)


Following more than 16 months in pre-trial detention, Algerian blogger Merzoug Touati was convicted to 10 years prison terms for some peaceful online posts. The Court of Appeal in Bejaya will review its conviction on 21 June. He is a prisoner of conscience.

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Following more than 16 months in pre-trial detention, Algerian blogger Merzoug Touati was convicted to 10 years prison terms for some peaceful online posts. The Court of Appeal in Bejaya will review its conviction on 21 June. He is a prisoner of conscience.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Release Merzoug Touati immediately and unconditionally and ensure that his conviction is quashed, as he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully expressing his views online;
  • Immediately ensure that his detention conditions are in line with international law;
  • Amend legislation that criminalizes freedom of expression and immediately and unconditionally release all individuals held solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression.

Contact these two officials by 27 July, 2018:
President of the Republic
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Presidency of the Republic
El Mouradia, Algiers
Algeria
Fax: +213 21 6915 95 OR +213 21 6096 18
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear President

Ambassador Madjid Bouguerra,
Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
2118 Kalorama Rd. NW
Washington, DC  20008
Phone: 202 265 2800 I Fax: 202 986 5906
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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