Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Algeria: Amnesty International report highlights restrictions on peace activists, Ahmadi's religious freedon


“According to media reports and civil society groups, as of June, the authorities targeted members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, arresting more than 50 people because of their faith.”

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By MEMO / Excerpts | February 22, 2017

More than 50 Ahmadis arrested because of their faith

Algerian authorities regularly jail opposition figures and activist, even those who “peacefully” criticise the government, Amnesty International reported today.

The organisation highlighted the case of journalist and blogger Mohamed Tamalt. A British citizen, Tamalt was jailed in July 2016 for two years because he posted a poem about President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Facebook. “He accused prison guards of beating him” during his court hearing.
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The report also highlighted the case of the Ahmadiyya community in Algeria. “According to media reports and civil society groups, as of June, the authorities targeted members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, arresting more than 50 people because of their faith.”

Amnesty International says that dozens of people were arrested in 2015 following the violence in the South, in the city of Ghardaïa where many “remained in detention awaiting trial” in the latter part of 2016.

“They were subject to judicial investigation for terrorism and incitement to terrorism. Among these detainees was Kamel Eddine Fekhar, a political activist, as well as other supporters of the autonomy of the region.”


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