Algeria
Security and countering violence

 

As the 47th session of the Human Rights Council began in Geneva on June 21, 2021, 300 Algerians protested in the streets of the Swiss capital to question the organisation on the situation of human rights in their country, particularly in the prisons where several opponents, activists, journalists, and academics are detained.

 

In a statement to AFP, Assia Guechoud, one of the protestors, explained that Algerians are protesting against “arbitrary arrests, torture, and oppression,” saying that the situation is worsening.

 

Last May, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced the oppression in Algeria and expressed his concern about “attacks” on fundamental rights.

 

According to the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD) more than 300 people close to the popular movement, Hirak, are currently in prison.