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.
In 2021, EuroMed Rights continued its focus on increasing collaboration between members and relevant civil society actors in Algeria, as well as establishing working connections with other international NGOs.
In the framework of the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR), EuroMed Rights’ Algerian members and partners collaborated in the preparation of a joint civil society report to be included in Algeria’s 2022 UPR despite the government’s increasing pressure on independent civil society organisations. Similarly, members of EuroMed Rights joined efforts with international NGOs to issue statements in support of individual human rights defenders at risk. In May, 82 civil society organisations sent a joint letter to UN member states ahead of the 47th UN Human Rights Council to address the human rights situation in Algeria.
Throughout the year and despite COVID-related restrictions, EuroMed Rights supported its Algerian members and partners to carry out advocacy activities towards European institutions. On 6 December 2021, the European External Action Service (EEAS) Algeria desk requested an online meeting with EuroMed Rights’ Algerian members to receive first-hand information on the status of human rights and democracy in the country.
On 28 June, right after the Algerian legislative elections of 12 June, the Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights invited Algerian civil society organisations and diaspora-based Algerian activists for an online meeting on the situation of human rights in the country ahead of an online session of the Subcommittee that took place on 13 July.