Target: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Goal: End violent crackdowns on demonstrators in Algeria, and ensure freedom of assembly
The Algerian government must do more to allow freedom of assembly for its citizens. The day before the presidential election in mid-April, security forces violently dispersed a demonstration calling for the retirement of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. This sort of display of force is legal in Algeria, under a 2001 law that bans all demonstrations in the capital, Algiers. The citizens of Algeria must be allowed to voice their unrest.
The crackdown against protestors is commonplace for the Algerian authorities. Although some recent demonstrations have been tolerated, the destruction wrought by this display of strife by the ‘Barakat’ movement shows that the ruling party in Algeria has no intention of allowing dissent. International law allows for very limited restrictions on the freedom of assembly. Any restrictions enacted should be put in place to ensure the safety of citizens, not the safety of the ruling party.
It is imperative that the government in Algeria reform its code of law to come into line with international law. By doing so, the human rights of all Algerians will be protected. In addition, the government can hear the wishes of the people and real and effective change can take place. Sign this petition to demand an end to crackdowns on freedom of assembly in Algeria.
Dear President Abdelaziz Bouteflika,
The recent crackdown on demonstrations in Algiers is in violation of international law. Your government must do more to protect the human rights of your citizens. By allowing for freedom of assembly, your country will improve politically, socially and economically. This will be positive for all citizens in Algeria.
I ask that future demonstrations be allowed to continue. I also ask that the harassment of members of Barakat movement members be halted. The international community is watching; please do what is right for your people.
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