Several Algerian political parties and civil society activists have denounced “a fierce repression” of human rights and a serious decline in freedoms, fearing that the situation will deteriorate further.
The parties and actors of civil society gathered under the collective Pacte pour l’Alternative Démocratique (PAD), noted the increase in repression and violence against opponents and human rights activists in Algeria during a day of mobilization.
This is “a fierce repression which now spares no category of society: lawyers, journalists, political parties, the unemployed and women”, they deplored.
The collective brings together several Algerian political parties, including Louisa Hanoune’s Party of Labor (PT), the Socialist Workers’ Party (PST), the Rassemblement pour la Culture et la Démocratie (RCD), the Union for Change and Progress. , the Democratic and Social Movement and the Front of Socialist Forces (FSS), as well as the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH).
The lawyer and human rights activist, Mustapha Bouchachi, wondered whether justice really acts in the direction of the preservation of the rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens or as a tool of repression.
“When arrests take place in every corner of the country and citizens are banned from rallies and marches, and when parties are prohibited from holding internal activities, it is legitimate to ask whether the justice and administration are in the service of citizens and freedoms, or in the service of power, ”he declared.
The lawyer referred to the numerous arrests of demonstrators, activists, journalists on the sidelines of the Hirak marches. The Algerian authorities had acted overnight the ban on assembly, which has currently earned journalist Khaled Drareni a prison sentence of two for infringement “participation in unauthorized assembly”, “incitement to assembly” and ” national unity ”.
In addition, Mohcine Belabbas’ opposition party RCD was recently banned at the last minute from meeting and holding its national council. Mohcine Belabbas was also the subject of a request for the lifting of parliamentary immunity.
The sociologist Nacer Djabi, made the same observation and estimated that the last months have been marked above all by “an increase” in repression and violence against political activists, also suggesting “a hardening” which would affect other categories. activists.
“We are facing an unprecedented shrinkage originating from the political crisis of the system, and the solution of which can only be political”, he said.
He draws a parallel between the current situation in Algeria and that experienced by Algerians after independence, especially during the period of 1962 and 1963. “The regime has never really recognized political parties, even if it has accepted the multiparty system in the texts ”, he said, fearing“ in the future, a higher degree of repression ”.