Algeria: Harassment of Salah Dabouz Intensifies

March 9, 2017

Salah Dabouz

On 6 March 2017, human rights defender Salah Dabouz was informed that two intelligence officers were asking about him in Ghardaïa. This development is part of ongoing harassment that Salah Dabouz has experienced since he began legally representing human rights defender Kamal Eddin Fekhar who has, as of 9 March 2017, been on hunger strike for 66 days against his arbitrary detention.

On 6 March 2017, Salah Dabouz was informed that two intelligence officers were questioning people about him in Ghardaïa. Salah Dabouz has, for the past few months, faced ongoing harassment as a result of his involvement, as lead lawyer, in the legal defense of Kamal Eddin Fekhar and his colleagues who were arrested on 9 July 2016.

The human rights defender has received threatening calls from people identifying themselves as police officers who proceeded to ask him to turn himself in to the police despite him receiving no official summons for interrogation. Salah Dabouz has also faced a media campaign against him headed by Al-Nahaar newspaper, that accused him of causing trouble in Ghardaïa. When he tried to challenge the campaign in court, the court refused to accept his complaint. The human rights defender has been called for investigation on multiple occasions. On 13 July 2016, Salah Dabouz was placed under judicial review as a direct result of his representation of Kamal Eddin Fekhar, who was detained on 9 July 2015 under fabricated charges that include inciting violence through peaceful and armed protests, spreading hate and jeopardising national unity. On 1 March 2017, the investigative judge in the review case against Salah Dabouz refused to terminate the review process despite his full compliance and cooperation. (FRANCAIS)



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