“Algeria not a shantytown which can be visited by human rights commission at anytime!”

Ksentini pleads for the improvement of prisons:

“Algeria not a shantytown which can be visited by human rights commission at anytime!”

El Khabar, 16 April 2008

The president of the National Advisory Commission for the human right has pleaded for what he called: “significant improvement of performance of penitential institutions nationwide.” He further responded UN Human Right request to visit Algeria, saying Algeria is not a “shantytown.”

While questioned by El Khabar on the vision of his commission on the situation of prisons, Mr. Farouk Ksentini said: “after several field visits to a number of penitential institutions, we have noticed that things are in a constant improvement on both material and humanitarian point of views.” He meant that the improvement his commission noticed “is in terms of skills training destined for guards and improvement of their intellectual level, while waiting for building new prisons.” However, the president of the National Advisory Commission for Human Rights has further responded to comments made in corridors of UN Human Right headquarter in Geneva Monday, on the wake of displaying the review of Algeria, saying: “the report delivered by Foreign Affairs Minister Mourad Medelci was quite good.” As far as questions asked on the Algerian delegation concerning emergency state, torture and women rights, Mr. Ksentini said: “we are used to those kinds of questions targeting making pressures on Algeria instead of encouraging it about improvement being done.” He further added: “I wonder how they (human rights’ international organizations) dare requesting us permitting UN Human Rights Commission to visit Algeria?..Algeria is not a shantytown entered by anyone at anytime!”

 

16-04-2008 By A.K/ Translation A.A