Joint Declaration Of 15 NGOs At The End Of The Universal Periodic Review Of Algeria
Geneva, Nov 15 (TNA) Accredited NGOs, Human Rights protection associations, migration experts, undersigned academics and human rights defenders, following the round table of the November 14, 2022 organized at the Maison des Associations in Geneva, formulate the
following recommendations relating to Algeria’s UPR:
At the end of Algeria's UPR, NGOs, experts and academics said they remain seriously concerned about gross violations of human rights including the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, right of association and freedom of the press.
They also welcomed the recommendations made by the States during the UPR of Algeria, held on November 11, 2022 which were related to violations of freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of the media, practices relating to human trafficking and systematic violations migrant rights, the non-compliance of the Algerian Human Rights Council with the Principles from Paris, the repeal of the amendments to article 87 bis of the Algerian Penal Code which contain a broad definition of terrorism, the non-compliance of Algerian legislation with the conventions
ratified international agreements, the ratification of certain international instruments, such as the Convention International for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, the Optional Protocol to the Convention against torture.
It also mentioned the recruitment of children in the Tindouf camps and the need to cooperate with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the fate of children in armed conflict, the devolution of military, administrative and judicial powers to the polisario front.