UN commission calls for the lifting of the emergency state in Algeria

UN commission calls for the lifting of the emergency state in Algeria

Echorouk, 03 May, 2008, By Abderrezak Boulkemh / Translated by
Hakim. A.

Experts from a UN commission against torture have the day before
yesterday, asked the Algerian authorities to lift the emergency state
or, at least set a deadline to it, because according to them, this
situation contradicts with th principles of a real democracy with rule
of law.

During their meeting in Geneva, the UN experts declared that “the
emergency state is no longer necessary and goes against the rule of law”
and raised the issue to the Algerian authorities questioning them”
whether they think about a date to lift up the emergency state”.

For their part, the Algerian authorities are set to respond to the UN
experts tomorrow, but M. Farouk Kessentini yesterday declared to
Echorouk that the UN experts’ questioning is irrelevant and that the
emergency state in Algeria is still; on the agenda because the threat is
still pondering.

As to the practice of torture in the Algerian prisons, M. Kessentini
denied the fact saying” As a lawyer who spends most of the time in
prisons, have never met a case of torture, and never heard a complaint
from a prisoner”