Algeria - Punishes the Prisoners Who Are in Huger Strike to Solidarity With a Prisoner of Opinion

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces punishing the prisoners who are in hunger strike to solidarity with the political prisoner and to protest against the squalid conditions in the prison by the authorities.

The prison administration Algeria, on Thursday February 7, 2013, punished 40 prisoners who been in huger strike for three days to protest against the squalid conditions to the prisoner which violates the basic rights of the prisoners and to solidarity with the political detainee Mohamed Babah Nagar, as they interrogated them to confess of who incited them to huger strike as they have transferred them to another ward.

It is worthy to note that "Mohamed Babah Nagar" is one of the opinion prisoners who were arbitrary arrested by the Algerian authorities in October 20, 2005 without trial or pressing definite charges on them on the background of the incident of killing "Bazeen Ibrahim", the leader in the social forces front as they have fabricated this charge on him without serious evidences and the trial based upon, which was a mock trial, that "Nagar" had an issue of a magazine issued by the party.

ANHRI said that "the attack on the prisoners due to expressing their opinion and to protest against the squalid conditions inside the prisons are clear violations to the rights of the prisoners stipulated in the basic principles of the united nations on treating the prisoners. As in the Article no. 5 on the right of the prisoners to enjoy the basic rights and freedom stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the rights stipulated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the optional Protocol thereto, which was approved by Algeria but it has violated it in dealing with these prisoners through punishing them on expressing their opinion and press them to make them confess of who incited them to huger strike which clearly violates the obligations on the authorities by virtue of ratifying the said treaties".

ANHRI said that "the continuing arrest of "Najar" without a clear trial and charges by irrefutable evidences is a serious violation to all the international normes adopted".

ANHRI calls on the authorities to left their hand from the prisoners who are in a set-in and to improve their condition in addition to follow the norms relevant to the prisoners. In addition, ANHRI demands the immediate and unconditioned release from the political detainee "Najar".

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