Human Rights and Algeria's Presidential Election

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Human rights issues have occupied a prominent place in Algeria=s election campaign, now in its final week. At rallies, in interviews, and in speeches broadcast on national radio and television, several of the seven presidential candidates have spoken about the need to ensure the rule of law and independence of the judiciary, to end the state of emergency, address the fate of Algerians who have Adisappeared, and improve the status of women within society.