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Trial Postponed Over His Poor Health, But He Remains in Detention

(Beirut) – Algerian Authorities have brought charges against an activist for his peaceful support for the pro-reform Hirak protest movement and for boycotting the December 2019 presidential elections, Human Rights Watch said today. The activist,…
An Algerian demonstrator holds the Algerian national flag as he stage a protest against the government in Algiers, Algeria, Friday, Nov.29, 2019. 
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Two Prosecutions Highlight Threats to Press Freedom

Morocco and Algeria are neighbors and rivals, sharing one of the world’s longest closed-land borders, vying for diplomatic supremacy in the Maghreb region, sparring over Western Sahara, and insulting each other’s governments daily via state-influenced…
Journalists Khaled Drareni (Left) and Omar Radi (Right)
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Arrested While Covering Hirak Protests

(Beirut) – Khaled Drareni, a prominent journalist, was arrested on March 7, 2020 while covering the pro-democracy demonstrations in Algiers, Human Rights Watch said today. He was jailed for four days and then provisionally released,…
Journalist Khaled Drareni filming street protests in Algiers, December 2019.
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Free Anyone Detained for Peaceful Protest, Criticizing Authorities

(Beirut) – The Algerian authorities continue to arbitrarily arrest and prosecute activists from the pro-democracy movement “Hirak” despite the president’s promise to initiate a dialogue with the group, Human Rights Watch said today. …
On July 5 2019, thousands of people protested for a twentieth consecutive week in Algeria's capital, defying a major police presence just days before the mandate of interim president Bensalah expires. © AFP/Getty Images
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Prison Sentences for Protesters

(Beirut) - Algerian authorities are cracking down on the protest movement known as “the Hirak,” which opposes holding the presidential elections scheduled for December 12, 2019, arresting hundreds of activists and imprisoning scores for…
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Leaders Arrested Ahead of Disputed Presidential Elections

(Beirut) – Algerian authorities have arrested scores of pro-democracy movement activists since September 2019. Many remain detained on vague charges such as “harming national unity” and “undermining the morale of the army.” The…
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Respond to Youth Demands, Gain Respect in the World

(Beirut) – Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…
Demonstration outside Parliament on December 6, 2016, with women in white dresses and wrapped in bandages, calling for the repeal of article 522 of the penal code.
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Sentenced to 2 Years for Insulting President

(Beirut) – A journalist on hunger strike since July 2016, to protest his arrest in Algeria on charges on which he should not have been prosecuted, died on December 11, Human Rights Watch said today.  Police arrested Mohamed Tamalt, a…
Relatives carry the coffin of British-Algerian journalist Mohamed Tamalt, who had died on December 11 after staging a hunger strike in Algiers over his two years sentence for publishing articles considered as offensive to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Al
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“Urban areas have become death traps for thousands of civilians,” says a new report issued by the United Nations Secretary-General ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit, which opens May 23, 2016, in Istanbul. The report describes the widespread use…
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Summary Sudan has a long record of stifling dissent by targeting activists for specific abuses, such as beatings, arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, ill-treatment in detention, interrogation for long hours, and intrusive government…
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HRC 27 -- Statement Delivered Under Item 10

One year ago, as the Human Rights Council was debating the report of the Independent Expert on Sudan, Sudanese security forces were violently cracking down on popular protests that swept the country after the president announced the lifting of oil…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 10

Delegates should not fail the people of Sudan by accepting as progress small steps, plans and promises by the Government of Sudan, while it engages in abusive practices of indiscriminate aerial bombing and other unlawful killings and restricting basic…
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Newspapers, Other Media Censored, Confiscated, Shut Down

(Nairobi) – Sudan should immediately stop censoring newspapers and end all forms of repression of media and journalists, on World Press Freedom Day. In recent weeks, authorities have stepped up censorship of print media. Authorities at the National…
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Rein in Security Forces, Release or Charge Detainees

(New York) – Sudan security forces have arrested scores of protesters, opposition members, and journalists, beat people in detention, and used rubber bullets and even live ammunition to break up protests that began on June 16, 2012, Human Rights Watch…
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Courts’ Refusal to Hear Key Witness Violates Due Process

(Beirut) – The Algerian authorities’ long delays in bringing key terrorism cases to trial undermines the defendants’ right to a fair trial. Human Rights Watch examined the cases of eight suspects who were held for up to six years in secret detention…
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Using 2001 Decree, Police Block Protest March

(Washington, DC) - The Algerian authorities should rescind a 2001 decree denying people the right to assemble peacefully, Human Rights Watch said today. A force of several hundred police officers was deployed to the center of Algiers on the…
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Using 2001 Decree, Police Block Protest March

(Washington, DC) - The Algerian authorities should rescind a 2001 decree denying people the right to assemble peacefully, Human Rights Watch said today. A force of several hundred police officers was deployed to the center of Algiers on the morning of…
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Government Responds Harshly to Khartoum Demonstrations

(Juba) - Sudanese authorities used excessive force during largely peaceful protests that began on January 30, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately release protesters detained by national security forces and investigate…
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Oral statement during the dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sudan

Human Rights Watch welcomes the conclusions of the recent progress report of the independent expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan. We urge the Human Rights Council to give particular attention to addressing the lack of protection of the human…
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Stand up for Persecuted Human Rights Activists; Shut Guantanamo

(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…