Sahara detainees ask Bouteflika compensation

They require being included as victims of the Black Decade

Sahara detainees ask Bouteflika compensation

El Khabar, 17 december 2008

Former Sahara camps detainees have called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika integrating them to get benefit from additional procedures of National Reconciliation Charter, which have been raised by Prime Minister, recently. However, they expressed their disappointment toward statements made by Minister of Solidarity, last Sunday, in which he denied the existence of any additional procedures for the benefit of “victims of Black Decade.” A communiqué bearing the signatures of four former detainees, on the name of their brothers in prisons, mentions that they “have been surprised by Solidarity Minister’s statements.” The same communiqué further says the category that used to belong to the disbanded Islamic Salvation party FIS, have suffered for four years from hard detention circumstances in camps built in nuclear radiations infected area, which caused chronicle diseases and death to lot of them.” The same communiqué disclosed that “some of the detainees had been killed inside the detention camps, while some others are still missed.” Former Sahara detainees denounced authorities’ marginalization comparing to other categories considered as victims of the Black Decade. They further re-demanded compensations for abusive detention.

 

17-12-2008 By H.Y/ Translation A.A