May 2, 2019
On 30 April 2019, the accusation chamber of the Court of First Instance of Ghardaia confirmed the decision made by an investigative judge to keep human rights defender Salah Dabouz under “administrative observation”. The measure was extended by an additional day and now Salah Dabouz is obliged to appear at the police station in Ghardaia every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
On 8 April 2019, Salah Dabouz was arrested by security forces during a meeting in a restaurant in Algiers. The human rights defender was taken to the city of Ghardaia where he was questioned about his posts on Facebook criticising the judiciary. He was released the next day but was issued with a travel ban and kept under “administrative observation”. As part of this procedure, he was summoned to appear at the police station in Ghardaia every Wednesday and Sunday. The city is located around 600 km from Algiers, where the human rights defender lives and works. This procedure is a clear attempt to stop Salah Dabouz from participating in the protests in the capital.