ALGERIA: Prohibition and brutal repression of the meeting of mothers of the disappeared
Prohibition and brutal repression of the meeting of mothers of the disappeared
The Euro-Mediterranean Federation against Enforced Disappearances (FEMED) condemns the prohibition two days ago of the weekly meeting of mothers of the disappeared and deplores the acts of violence committed against them. This meeting has been organized for 12 years by the Collectif des Familles de disparu(e)s en Algérie (CFDA) and Sos disparu(e)s, members of the FEMED.
Like as they have done every Wednesday since August 2nd, 1998, the mothers of the disappeared were to peacefully meet on Adis Abeba’s plaza in Algiers, in front of the National Advisory Commission for the promotion and protection of human rights (CNCPPDH), to claim their rights to truth, justice and reparation.
In the morning of August 4th, 2010, a large number of policemen and security forces sealed off every access to the plaza, symbol of these women’s resistance.
For nearly two hours, the mothers tried to find a way to their meeting place while security forces violently pushed them back below the People’s Palace and did not refrain from beating them, in spite of the fact that most of them were old women.
This obstruction reflects the Algerian State’s firm will to put an end to the case of the disappeared by silencing their families and issuing distasteful statements that offend their suffering. The FEMED firmly denounces this new act of repression that aims at eradicating the actions of the mothers of the disappeared.
The FEMED calls on the highest Algerian authorities to respect the freedoms of expression and association as well as the right to publicly demonstrate for the families of the disappeared, in accordance with the respective clauses of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, regional and international human rights treaties ratified by Algeria.
Paris, August 6th, 2010
Rachid El Manouzi
Secretary General of the FEMED