Target: Minister of Justice Tayeb Belaiz
Goal: To attain the release of two Algerian activists jailed for protesting enforced disappearances.
Members of the Algerian activist group SOS Disparus have been arrested following a peaceful protest in the capital city of Algiers. The NGO group is dedicated to achieving justice for citizens who have been victims of enforced disappearances in the country. These activists must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Family members of the disappeared gathered recently to try and call attention to their struggle for truth and justice. The French President was arriving on an official visit to Algiers so the protestors attempted to gain the attention of the French head of state. Upon arriving at the arranged protest site, security officers prevented people from entering the protest site as well as those already there from leaving. Photos of missing family members were forcibly ripped from the hands of the protestors and members of the security forces also assaulted some protestors. In the confusion, several protestors were arrested. Abdiaziz Mardine and Tariq Manri were arrested and are being held at a local police station in Algiers. They are both members of the National Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the Unemployed. It does not seem that they were targeted but the further detention of like-minded activists is likely.
Sign this petition to urge Algerian authorities to unconditionally and immediately release any activists arrested during the peaceful SOS Disparus protests. The government must also make assurances that future protests will not be broken up by security forces. The government must ensure the rights to freedom of assembly and expression of Algerian citizens. Furthermore, the government should be coerced into opening an investigation into the claims of enforced disappearances. These crimes must be investigated and cannot be tolerated in a country that is party to international treaties banning such practices.
Dear Minister Tayeb Belaiz,
I am concerned about reports of members of SOS Disparus being arrested by security forces in Algiers on December 19. While protesting against enforced disappearances in your country, their peaceful protest was broken up by security forces that ended up arresting two members of the crowd. These protestors, Abdiaziz Mardine and Tariq Manri, must be immediately and unconditionally released. They are prisoners of conscience who have not been charged with an internationally recognized crime. By keeping them imprisoned, Algeria is violating the rights to freedom of assembly and expression of its citizens.
I demand that activists from the NGO, SOS Disparus, be released immediately and that your government open investigations into allegations of enforced disappearances so that Algeria may take a step forward to shoring up its human rights record.
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