3 February 2013

Algeria: Assaults the Workers of 'Lead' and Freezes the Scout Activities Due to Its Ideas

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the authorities of Algeria act of assaulting the workers of "LEAD", who were fired them due to protesting the decision of the arbitrary decision. ANHRI also denounces the Algerian authorities to freeze the work of scout due to spreading the Shiite intellect.

The Algerian police forces assaulted the workers of Syrian company "LEAD", working in the field of oil refining by beat and firing during the set-in that were organized in front of the headquarter of the company on Friday February 1, 2013 to protest their arbitrary firing them in addition to violate the provisions of the contract. As about 1000 police officers surrounded the protest which was organized by the workers on Sunday February 3, 2013 after they went to the administration of the company to execute the provision of the reconciliation agreement with them in accordance to the agreement yesterday, but until the arrival of the protesters, none of the responsibles show up.

The Algerian authorities freeze the activities of three scout regiments; hope, future and the farmer in January 24, 2013 on the background of charging them to promote for the shitte intellect considering them as threating the national security, according to the reasons of freezing their activities.

It is worthy to be noted that the Islamic scout team in Algeria, have in 2008, provided Islamic educational program and since the freezing of the activities these last days, the members of these teams are subjected to investigations by the security elements, which some refers it as the settling accounts between the different factions of the Islamic scouts in particularly the Muslims Brother Hood Group and the trends of the national liberation front and the democratic national assembly.

ANHRI said that "the authorities intervention in an industrial conflict and being biased to the work owner, using the security arm to repress the workers, are a waste to their rights and contradict with the role that the state should play which is saving the balance in the relation between the workers and the business owners to guarantee the interest of the parties through solving their conflicts through negotiations and this repressing intervention, in addition to, it is a serious violation to the right to the peaceful set-in and protest".

ANHRI added that "the freezing of the activity of a peaceful assembly such as the teams of the scout due to allegations of promoting a specific intellect with the absence of evidences in particular as it is affiliated to an announced program since 4 years, is an infringement on the right to the peaceful organization and assembly".

ANHRI calls for the immediate investigation with the elements of the policemen who are involved in the assault against the protesters and hold them into accountant. The authorities asked the authorities to stop exercising the intellect intimidation and lifting the ban exercised against the scout team and halting the investigation with the members and stop using the justifications of the national security to repress the peaceful activities.

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