September 21, 2021

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Amnesty urges Tunisian authorities to investigate disappearance of Algerian refugee Slimane Bouhafs

AA / Tunis / Majdi Ismail

The NGO Amnesty International on Friday abducted Tunisian officials, forced their disappearance and deported Algerian refugees to the United Nations High Commissioner for Algeria. (UNHCR) has granted refugee status in Tunisia.

In a statement issued on Friday, Amnesty International called on Algerian authorities to immediately release the 54 – year – old dissident and allow him to leave Algeria.

“The fact that Tunisia may have been aware of the forced return to Algeria, must have contributed to it, or may have given its approval despite Sliman Bahaf’s refugee status, is a serious violation of the” undeniable “policy of refugee law.”

Amna Guellali, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: “The Tunisian government is responsible for the fate of this man and he must acknowledge his role in the abduction and return to Algeria.”

UNHCR said in an official statement that it was “deeply concerned about the repatriation of a person to Tunisia after his services were recognized as a refugee.”

According to the human rights NGO, the UN The company followed the report and demanded that the allegations be investigated by Tunisian authorities.

In Tunis, where he has been missing since August 25, Bahaf has not yet given any news, while the media has reported that he is now in Algeria.

His country’s authorities have accused the Algerian opposition Algerians of operating within the self-determination movement Kabilia (MAK), an independent organization classified as a “terrorist”. According to Section 144b2 of the Algerian Penal Code, Ba Hoffs was sentenced on September 6, 2016 to three years in prison for “insulting the principles and precepts of Islam” in a publication posted on his Facebook page. The former police officer will be pardoned by Algerian authorities almost two years after he was imprisoned before taking refuge in Tunisia.

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Amnesty International said in a statement that “Tunisia’s one-party anti-torture conference explicitly prohibits the transfer of people to countries where there are serious reasons to believe that people will be tortured.”

The NGO recalled that “under the terms of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Tunisia must also protect the right to life of individuals in its territory and be subject to its jurisdiction.”

Neither Tunisian authorities nor Algerian officials have made any official statement or position on the Sliman Bahaf affair, nor did he mention whether he was deported or deported to Algeria after a request to the Algerian government. .

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