Human Rights Watch reports inhumane treatment of migrants in Algeria

As reported by Human Rights Watch in their recent publication, Algeria has deported thousands of men, women, and children since January 2018 to Niger and Mali in inhumane conditions, and in many cases without considering their legal status in Algeria or their individual vulnerabilities. Human Rights Watch interviewed 30 sub-Saharan migrants of various nationalities in April and May who said that the Algerian authorities had raided areas where migrants are known to live, arresting them on the streets or on construction sites, and expelled them en masse at the border with Niger or Mali, in most instances with no food and little water. They described being forced to march dozens of kilometres in the desert, in high temperatures, before reaching towns where they found assistance or private transportation.

With this alarming situation, SOLIDAR calls on the Algerian government to cease inhumane practices against migrants. As a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1987 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, it should take all the necessary legal measures to conform with the convention. On the other side, as part of their bilateral relations and cooperation on migration issues, the EU is to ensure that a rights-based approach is adopted and implemented.

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