SOLIDAR, EMHRN, Amnesty International, FIDH and OMCT call for Human Rights recommendations at next EU-Algeria Association Council

Following the 30th of April European Parliament resolution , today, SOLIDAR together with the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) sent a joint letter to High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Hahn and Foreign Affairs Ministers from the Member States ahead of the EU-Algeria Association Council scheduled on the 19th of May.

SOLIDAR and the other organisations, are calling to include human rights on the agenda of the next ministerial meeting, especially as the 2015 ENP Progress reports package lacks of an updated memo on Algeria, and therefore of an assessment of the impact of the European Neigbourhood Policy (ENP) on human rights and economic, social, cultural rights (ESCRs) in Algeria. This decision should not reflect a lack of willingness on the part of European authorities to put human rights at the heart of its relations with neighbouring countries, including Algeria, which have not yet adopted an ENP Action Plan.

In this letter, SOLIDAR and the other organisations request to use this ministerial meeting to call for the release of the ten workers’ rights activists that have been arbitrarily detained in Algeria for months. SOLIDAR welcomes the European Parliament resolution of 30 April that clearly calls on the Algerian authorities "to ensure and guarantee the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of civil society and human rights activists as well as their freedom to pursue their legitimate peaceful activities”. Members of the European Parliament also highlighted the urgency to establish a "clear European policy towards Algeria, which is based on principles and includes a dialogue on human rights observed in accordance with the EU Action Plan on human rights and democracy".

This was emphasised on SOLIDAR’s recent briefing paper on “Key Principles for a revised European Neighbourhood Policy”, that calls for the revision of the ENP to put the promotion of fundamental freedoms, human rights and ESCRs at the heart of this revision.