U.S. Mission to UN condemns Algeria’s treatment of Ahmadis

Rabwah Times: At the 27th session of the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review held in Geneva, Switzerland, the United States mission to Geneva expressed its concerns over the arrest of minority Ahmadiyya Muslims in Algeria.

The U.S. representative at the session, Sheila Leonard said:

We are concerned by recent arrests of Ahmadi [AH-ma-dee] Muslims, which call into question Algeria’s respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We recommend that Algeria:

1. Amend the Law on Associations to remove undue restrictions on civil society organizations.

2. Work to ensure constitutional guarantees of the inviolability of freedom of thought, conscience, and religions are carried out for all, including for Ahmadi Muslims, and provide that community with the accreditation it needs to worship openly and in compliance with Algerian law.

3. Amend Penal Code articles that punish peaceful free expression with prison terms, to conform to Algeria’s Constitution.

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