OHCHR / ALGERIA HUMAN RIGHTS

05-Mar-2021 00:01:37
The UN Human Rights Office is “very concerned by the deterioration of the human rights situation in Algeria and by the continued and growing repression against members of the pro-democracy movement of Hirak.” OHCHR
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STORY: GENEVA / ALGERIA HUMAN RIGHTS
TRT : 1:37
SOURCE : OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH /NATS

DATELINE: 5 MARCH 2021 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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5 MARCH 2021 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. SOUNDBITE (French) Marta Hurtado Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissionner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Nous sommes très préoccupés par la dégradation de la situation des droits de l'homme en Algérie et par la répression continue et croissante contre les membres du mouvement pro-démocratique du Hirak.
À maintes reprises, dans tout le pays, les forces de sécurité ont fait un usage inutile ou excessif de la force et procédé à des arrestations arbitraires pour réprimer des manifestations pacifiques.

Nous exhortons les autorités à libérer immédiatement et sans condition toutes les personnes arrêtées ou détenues arbitrairement pour leur soutien présumé au Hirak, et à abandonner toutes les charges retenues contre elles.

Les poursuites pénales contre les activistes, les défenseurs des droits de l'homme, les étudiants, les journalistes, les blogueurs et les citoyens ordinaires exprimant des opinions dissidentes se sont poursuivies tout au long de 2019 et 2020, et pendant les deux premiers mois de 2021.

Nous demandons également aux autorités de mener rapidement des enquêtes impartiales et rigoureuses sur toutes les allégations de torture et de mauvais traitements en détention, de faire répondre de leurs actes tous ceux qui en sont responsables et de veiller à ce que les victimes aient accès à des voies de recours.

Certaines dispositions du code pénal algérien, rédigées en termes vagues, sont utilisées pour restreindre indûment la liberté d'expression et engager des poursuites contre ceux qui expriment des opinions dissidentes. Nous enjoignons aux autorités d'abroger les dispositions légales et les mesures qui sont utilisées pour poursuivre les personnes qui exercent leurs droits à la liberté d'opinion et d'expression et de réunion pacifique.”

[“We are very concerned by the deterioration of the human rights situation in Algeria and by the continued and growing repression against members of the pro-democracy movement of Hirak.

Security forces across the country have repeatedly used unnecessary or excessive force and made arbitrary arrests to quell peaceful protests.

We urge the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those arbitrarily arrested or detained for their alleged support for Hirak, and to drop all charges against them.

Criminal prosecutions against activists, human rights defenders, students, journalists, bloggers and ordinary citizens expressing dissenting opinions continued throughout 2019 and 2020, and through the first two months of 2021.

We also call on the authorities to promptly conduct impartial and rigorous investigations into all allegations of torture and ill-treatment in detention, to hold all those responsible for their actions to account and to ensure that victims have access to remedies.

Certain provisions of the Algerian penal code, drafted in vague terms, are used to unduly restrict freedom of expression and to prosecute those who express dissenting opinions. We call on the authorities to repeal the legal provisions and measures that are used to prosecute those who exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression and of peaceful assembly. ”

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The UN Human Rights Office is “very concerned by the deterioration of the human rights situation in Algeria and by the continued and growing repression against members of the pro-democracy movement of Hirak.”

The spokesperson for the of the UN High Commissionner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Marta Hurtado said in a pre-recorded video statement on Friday (5 Mar) that «security forces across the country have repeatedly used unnecessary or excessive force and made arbitrary arrests to quell peaceful protests.”

The OHCHR urged the Algerian authorities “to immediately and unconditionally release all those arbitrarily arrested or detained for their alleged support for Hirak, and to drop all charges against them,” said Hurtado adding that “criminal prosecutions against activists, human rights defenders, students, journalists, bloggers and ordinary citizens expressing dissenting opinions continued throughout 2019 and 2020, and through the first two months of 2021.”

“We also call on the authorities to promptly conduct impartial and rigorous investigations into all allegations of torture and ill-treatment in detention, to hold all those responsible for their actions to account and to ensure that victims have access to remedies,” she said.

The OHCHR spokesperson also said “certain provisions of the Algerian penal code, drafted in vague terms, are used to unduly restrict freedom of expression and to prosecute those who express dissenting opinions. We call on the authorities to repeal the legal provisions and measures that are used to prosecute those who exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression and of peaceful assembly.”
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