Algeria

EuroMed Rights works on establishing international solidarity with Algerian human rights defenders and enhances coordination and cooperation between members and partners through joint actions. The programme focuses in particular on the following issues: freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, media, women’s rights, enforced disappearances, the rule of law and trade unionists’ rights.

EuroMed Rights’ most recent publications on Algeria and the list of members related to this programme are available on the right hand-side of this page.

 

Recent results

In 2019, EuroMed Rights held a training on the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women for five Algerian feminist and women’s rights organisations. This led to the creation of a working group with the aim of proposing an alternative law on violence against women.

In December 2019, EuroMed Rights members held a solidarity meeting in Paris where they agreed to initiate a joint international media campaign with the aim of freeing political detainees in Algeria. International NGOs such as FIDH, OMCT, ACAT-France, and trade unions signed a joint statement in January 2020.

EuroMed Rights has actively advocated about fundamental freedoms in the country. Back in 2017, together with its members, the organisation sent a submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review. EuroMed Rights is now coordinating a joint submission in light of the next Universal Periodic Review scheduled for May 2022. At European level, EuroMed Rights was among the NGOs who advocated for the adoption, by the European Parliament, of two urgency resolutions on the “situation of freedoms in Algeria” in November 2019 and November 2020, condemning attacks against peaceful protesters and unlawful arrests of activists and journalists. As the only democratically elected body in the EU, the European Parliament’s voice is heard widely, including in Algeria.

EuroMed Rights, its members and partners speak with one voice to denounce the arbitrary arrests of journalists and human rights defenders by issuing regular joint press releases and statements. In 2019, EuroMed Rights took the initiative of drafting a joint press release calling for a fair and independent investigation on the tragic death in custody of activist Kamel Eddine Fekhar, a prominent human rights defender and former member of the Algerian Human Rights League. This call was widely shared by Algerian Arabic media.