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Human right organizations in Algeria highlight shrinking freedoms in nation

By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/23/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Journalists opposed to Algerian president face harassment, discrimination

Human rights organizations have highlighted the shrinking freedoms throughout the African nation of Algeria. The Brakat Movement, which translates into English as "Enough," regretfully states that "our own government threatens our basic freedoms." Comprised mostly of young people, freedom of expression risks further attack following the recent re-election of President Bouteflika for a fourth term. 

The Brakat Movement, which translates into English as 'Enough,' regretfully states that 'our own government threatens our basic freedoms.'

The Brakat Movement, which translates into English as "Enough," regretfully states that "our own government threatens our basic freedoms."

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By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/23/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Human rights organizations, Algeria, freedom of press, freedom of assembly


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Civilians here have experienced has experienced a loss of both the freedom of expression and the right of free assembly in the country.

"The violations of freedom of expression [approaching the recent presidential election] in Algeria highlights the disturbing gaps in the country's human rights," the Brakat Movement, a non-government organization based in London said in a statement.

While a bloody civil war had raged in the nation during the 1990s, Algeria lifted the state of emergency in 2011. However, there "are still restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly," Amnesty International regretfully notes.

"The authorities continue to target the Algerians, including journalists, [who] deviate from the official pro-Bouteflika speech," the statement adds.

Promoting freedom of expression and guaranteeing freedom of the press is what any country's civil society expects. Algerian human right organizations want the new government to differ from the authoritarian line followed by its predecessors.

Reports of crackdown on media professionals who have dared to report independently about Algerian society are rife. Atlas Television, whose material was confiscated prior to broadcasting was profoundly denounced by opposition parties, which are pleading for more openness and directness in the local media.

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