Amnesty International has issued an urgent appeal on behalf of two men who were deported from the UK in the last weeks of January and are currently being held without access to lawyers or their families.
The men, who had been labelled as ‘suspected terrorists’ by the UK government, were deported as ‘threats to national security’. One of the men, Reda Dendani, known only as ‘Q’ in the UK, arrived in Algeria on 20 January and was held by airport police. He was later released after a few hours’ questioning. However, on 24 January, he was arrested by the Département du renseignement et de la sécurité (DRS) and has ‘disappeared’. On the same day another man ‘K’, who was also deported from the UK, was arrested on arrival by the DRS. The two men are thought to have been taken to secret military locations where, it is feared by Amnesty International, they are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in the custody of the DRS. See the links below to see how you can help.
Amnesty Action for Individuals: Algeria: Two men at risk of torture following deportation from UK
Read IRR News Story: Read a letter from Reda Dendani: Fighting a ghost
Read IRR News Story: ‘Quick death is preferable to slow death’