Algeria Refuses Visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights

Algeria has once again refused to allow a visit into its territories of the Special UN Rapporteur on Human Rights after years of procrastination, diplomatic sources in Geneva said.

“The Algerian “authorities were seeking to restraint the visit by a number of terms and conditions that may prevent the successful completion of this mission,” the same sources added.

Negotiations on the UN Special Rapporteur’s visit lasted more than three years, according to the spokesperson of the Algerian association “SOS Disparus” Nassera Dutour on visit to Geneva on the occasion of the fall session of the UN Council of Human Rights.

According to this NGO, “the thorny issue of enforced disappearances is a source of distress for Algerian officials who over the years developed a phobia of international procedures of human rights.”

“After years of negotiations, Algiers officially denied the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights,” the spokesman deplored.

In February, five international human rights NGO’s, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, urged the Algerian authorities to allow visits to their investigators as well as those of the UN in accordance with the country’s commitments as a UN Human Rights Council member.