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jeudi 6 mars 2014

Algeria: Human rights defenders Salah Dabouz and Yacine Zaid prevented from taking part in peaceful protest

Two Algerian human rights defenders (HRDs) were violently prevented from taking part in a peaceful protest in Algiers on 1 March 2014.
Salah Dabouz and Yacine Zaid were involved in organising a peaceful protest against the candidacy for re-election to the presidency of incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and against political corruption in Algeria.
The ailing Bouteflika, who has acted as president of the north African state for 15 years, was a significant figure in ending the nation's civil war in the 1990s, but has faced accusations of fraud and corruption. He has already acted as president for three consecutive terms.
Salah Dabouz is president of Ligue Algérienne pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (LADDH), one of Algeria's most prominent human rights NGOs. Yacine Zaid is a member of the national bureau of LADDH, as well as Middle East and North Africa representative of Union Internationale des Travailleurs de l'Alimentation (UITA).
The two HRDs were violently removed by police forces from Maurice Audin Square in Algiers, where the protest was taking place, and taken to Beb Eloued police station. They were not mistreated while in custody and were later released without charges.

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