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Algeria

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of respect for human rights in Algeria.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We continue to monitor political and social developments in Algeria, including the human rights situation.

Algeria has a National Office for Human Rights and has made public commitments to upholding human rights and has legislation reflecting this commitment. Algeria has ratified most international human right treaties and has expressed an interest in signing others it has not yet signed. Algeria has undertaken reforms of its prisons in recent years, and the UK has contributed to this work via our Arab Partnership fund. Alongside other work with the international community, the UK also contributed to Algeria’s Universal Periodic Review at the UN in May last year. We look forward to working in partnership with Algeria, including via the EU, on a number of the recommendations made at the last session. And the British embassy in Algiers participated in a de-briefing following the visit to Algeria by the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in September 2012. Further information on the visit is available at:

http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12542&LangID=E

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