Following a two-day strategic consultation held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the National Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders adopted its 2024 Action Plan to build its internal capacity and consolidate its external visibility. This plan is crucial as it aims to strengthen its support to defenders in a context of increasingly narrow civic space and State focus on responses to terrorism.
In the joint statement, the organisations  addressed the ongoing crackdown, including through the amendment of laws aimed at silencing peaceful dissent and stifling civil society.
Addressing the Council, human rights defender Kaddour Chouicha spoke about the dissolution of the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH), an organisation he was a member of and his targeting with unfounded terrorism charges. On 24 August 2022, Kaddour Chouicha was prevented from traveling to attend the pre-session organized by UPR-info, a clear case of reprisals against human rights defenders attempting to cooperate with the UPR.
Following the statement, the Algerian ambassador denied the allegations of reprisals, responding that Chouicha was under judicial control. This contradicts the fact that Algerian courts have not imposed any travel restrictions on Chouicha. In the past months, Chouicha addressed several complaints targeting the national security instances, as well as the Minister of the Interior on the issue of travel restrictions, to which he has received no responses to date.
 ISHR, MENA Rights Group, CIVICUS, Euromed Rights, and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.
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The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights concluded its 77th Ordinary Session held in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from 20 October to 9 November 2023. During the session, the Commission renewed its Bureau. It received solemn declarations from elected and re-elected members and launched several documents and newsletters, among others.
In its statement before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, ISHR denounced the adoption of restrictive civic space laws and requested the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals (‘the Special Rapporteur’) to release his first reprisals report.