08/03/2018

Urgent Action Update: Blogger on Hunger Strike After Unfair Conviction (Algeria: UA 117.18)


Algerian blogger and prisoner of conscience Merzoug Touati began a hunger strike on 8 July in protest at being imprisoned solely for peaceful online posts. Held in solitary confinement since he began the hunger strike, there are concerns for his physical and mental wellbeing. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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Algerian blogger and prisoner of conscience Merzoug Touati began a hunger strike on 8 July in protest at being imprisoned solely for peaceful online posts. Held in solitary confinement since he began the hunger strike, there are concerns for his physical and mental wellbeing. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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 end his solitary confinement and ensure his detention conditions are in line with international standards, including free access to water;
  • Ensure he has adequate access to qualified health professionals providing health care in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality, autonomy, and informed consent.

Contact these two officials by 14 September, 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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