December 9, 2003

Truth and Justice on Hold:

The New State Commission on "Disappearances"

I. Summary
II. The President Announces a New Commission on "Disappearances"
III. "Disappearances" in Algeria
Persons Abducted by Armed Groups and Still Missing
Prelude to the New "Mechanism"
Two Recent "Disappearances"
Harassment of Relatives of the "Disappeared"
Families Pressured to Drop Accusations against the Security Forces
IV. Mass Graves
V. Obstacles Placed before the U.N. Working Group and Nongovernmental Organizations
VI. Recommendations
Appendix: Presidential Decree Creating New Mechanism on "Disappearances"