• Despite the lifting of the state of emergency in April 2011 and the adoption of new laws on association, media, and political parties, Algeria has made little progress on the protection of human rights. Authorities continue to restrict freedom of assembly and association, prohibiting meetings and protests. They clamped down on union rights, frequently resorting to arrests and prosecutions of union leaders and activists. Security forces and armed groups continued to enjoy impunity for atrocities they committed during the civil war of the 1990s. After lifting the state of emergency back in 2011, authorities adopted new legislation authorizing the long-established practice of holding alleged terrorists in assigned secret residences for up to nine months.

  • Mar 30, 2014
    Authorities in Algeria are using – and even going beyond – the restrictive 2012 Law on Associations to stifle freedom of association. The authorities have been arbitrarily rejecting or refusing to process registration applications from organizations, putting both new and long established independent organizations in legal limbo and curtailing their ability to receive foreign funding or to hold public meetings.
  • Mar 17, 2014
    Algerian authorities are deploying large numbers of police and arresting protesters to prevent demonstrations in the capitalin advance of the April 17, 2014 presidential elections. Officials recently targeted a movement opposed to a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Algeria

  • Mar 30, 2014
    Authorities in Algeria are using – and even going beyond – the restrictive 2012 Law on Associations to stifle freedom of association. The authorities have been arbitrarily rejecting or refusing to process registration applications from organizations, putting both new and long established independent organizations in legal limbo and curtailing their ability to receive foreign funding or to hold public meetings.
  • Mar 17, 2014
    Algerian authorities are deploying large numbers of police and arresting protesters to prevent demonstrations in the capitalin advance of the April 17, 2014 presidential elections. Officials recently targeted a movement opposed to a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
  • Feb 11, 2014
    Algeria should uphold the values of the United Nations Human Rights Council by allowing UN human rights experts and international human rights nongovernmental organizations to visit the country, five human rights organizations said today. Algeria joined the Human Rights Council in January 2014.
  • Nov 11, 2013
    Dear President Bouteflika, With elections to the United Nations Human Rights Council quickly approaching, and with Algeria standing as a candidate, we are writing to urge your government to take concrete, visible steps aimed to meet its obligation to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” as set forth in UN General Assembly Resolution 60/251. In advance of the November 12 elections, we urge Algeria to signal its willingness to address ongoing human rights concerns, including by allowing independent unions to operate freely without repression of their freedom of assembly, by releasing people imprisoned for exercising their right to free speech, and by cooperating with the Human Rights Council.
  • Oct 18, 2013
    Algerian authorities should release and drop all charges against a blogger arrested on charges of “glorification of terrorism” and “insulting state institutions.”
  • Oct 6, 2013
    Algerian authorities have increasingly clamped down on efforts to form independent unions and to organize and participate in peaceful protests and worker strikes. Authorities have blocked demonstrations, arbitrarily arrested trade unionists, and prosecuted some of them on criminal charges which appear to have little basis in fact or are based on the peaceful exercise of their union activities.
  • Mar 27, 2013
    Algerian authorities illegally restricted rights to free movement when they barred 96 Algerian civil society activists from travelling to Tunisia, without giving any reason.
  • Mar 26, 2013
    Algerian authorities illegally restricted rights to free movement when they barred 96 Algerian civil society activists from travelling to Tunisia, without giving any reason. Border officials stopped the activists on March 25 as they were about to enter Tunisia, where they intended to attend the World Social Forum. The forum, a global gathering of approximately 50,000 activists on areas such as human rights and the environment, runs from March 26 to March 30, 2013.
  • Jun 18, 2012
    The Algerian authorities’ long delays in bringing key terrorism cases to trial undermines the defendants’ right to a fair trial.
  • May 9, 2012
    Algerian authorities have used arrests and other tactics to keep people from demonstrating in the capital in the period leading up to the May 10, 2012 elections. Security forces are detaining people who try to demonstrate peacefully in Algiers, including at least one candidate for election, and have prevented people from reaching the city if they suspect them of intending to demonstrate.