On Friday 11 November, UN member States have the obligation to scrutinise the government’s misleading claims about human rights when discussing Algeria’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN.
The first in a series of profiles of NGOs fighting to obtain consultative status to the UN through the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, required in order to attend and participate in many UN meetings, including those of the Human Rights Council. The profile of these brave Algerian human rights defenders shows the Committee's dysfunction and the need for reform to ensure that their voice can be heard at the UN.
The Human Rights Committee was asked to consider whether an individual’s enforced disappearance during the Algerian Civil War constituted a violation by Algeria of its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
A coalition of over 40 leading non-governmental organisations has today called for States that are candidates for membership to the UN Human Rights Council to do more to respect human rights at home and at the international level.